Chandler Stephenson Appears to Have Earned Himself A Permanent Spot on the Capitals

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Since being recalled by the Capitals after an injury to fellow forward Andre Burakovsky, forward Chandler Stephenson has played impressively, and it appears his hard work ethic and productive start to the season (with the Caps) has earned him a permanent spot on the Capitals for the foreseeable future.

Stephenson has played in nine games, scoring two goals (including his first NHL goal) and adding three assists for five points, with a plus-6 rating.

With Stephenson likely to play in his tenth game with the Capitals this season against the Nashville Predators tomorrow night, it means that should the Caps want to return him to the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, he would need to pass through waivers, per the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan. Per Khurshudyan, it is unlikely Stephenson will be re-assigned anytime soon.

Since being recalled, Stephenson has impressed in more than just basic statistics. Through nine games, he is averaging more than half a point (0.56) per game and the Capitals have started play in the offensive zone 53.4 percent of the time he is on the ice. Defensively, he has been outstanding, with four blocked shots in the aforementioned nine games. In addition, Capitals’ goaltenders have an astounding .967 save percentage when Stephenson is on the ice. Should Stephenson stay with the Capitals the rest of the season, he is on pace for 16 goals, 24 assists, and 40 points, which would be a welcome contribution for a Capitals team that lost significant firepower this past summer.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first and only Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography and reading in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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4 Responses to Chandler Stephenson Appears to Have Earned Himself A Permanent Spot on the Capitals

  1. Anonymous says:

    So where does everyone play? DSP is now in FT… I havent seen anything from AC and cant see why he is still there. Grav? Not sure…. I like Walker… The best thing to do is trade Eller and allow CS take his spot.

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  2. Harrison Brown says:

    Curious to see who gets sent down once the Capitals get healthy… my first guess is Ness or Chorney.

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