The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Tyler Lewington from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
The move indicates Brooks Orpik isn’t ready to go today and will miss a 26th straight game.
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Lewington, 24, made his NHL debut against the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 22, skating in 13:07 and was a +1.
The 6’2”, 200-pound defenseman has recorded six points (2g, 4a) in 26 games with Hershey this season. The Edmonton, Alb., native has also recorded 67 penalty minutes, which leads the Bears and ranks fifth in the AHL.
Lewington recorded 11 points (2g, 9a) in 71 games last season. Lewington ranked third in the AHL in penalty minutes (149) and third among Hershey defensemen in games played. Lewington is the only player in the AHL to rank in the top five in penalty minutes in each of the previous two seasons. In 211 career games with Hershey, Lewington has 40 points (11g, 29a) and 447 penalty minutes.
Lewington was drafted by the Capitals in the seventh round, 204th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft after spending four seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL).