Defenseman Martin Fehervary, the Capitals second round draft pick (#46 overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, is set to make his professional debut against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Blues tonight in St. Louis.
#Caps‘ morning skate lines in STL:
8-Ovechkin, 19-Backstrom, 43-Wilson
13-Vrana, 20-Eller, 77-Oshie
62-Hagelin, 18-Stephenson, 14-Panik
28-Leipsic, 26-Dowd, 21-Hathaway
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) October 2, 2019
The 19-year old is expected to play alongside Radko Gudas, who will make his regular-season debut with the Capitals after being acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers on June 14.
Fehervary steps in for Jonas Seigenthaler, who will step in for Michal Kempny on the first-pairing alongside John Carlson. Kempny was placed on injured non-roster on Tuesday as he’s still recovering from hamstring surgery, which he had on April 2.
The left-handed blue liner, who hails from Bratislava, Slovakia, spent last season playing against mostly older players, climbing the defensive ranks last season for HV71 in the Swedish Hockey League. By the time playoffs rolled around, he found himself on the team’s top pair.
During one game in March, the Slovak played a season-high 24:51 against Färjestad. Fehervary played a total of 43:13 minutes, when HV71 lost in the third overtime period against Färjestad in the playoffs. He was praised for his performance by the media and one could argue that this was his real coming out party in the SHL.
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