Boiling Hot Boyd: Travis Boyd On A Tear Since Return to the Hershey Bears, Scores Four Goals On Four Shots

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After the addition of a number of bottom-six forwards to their roster during the 2019 offseason, the Capitals found themselves with a logjam of players vying for a roster spot before, during, and even after training camp and heading into the regular season. Eventually, a number of players were waived to make space both in the lineup and on the salary cap, and sent to the team’s American Hockey League affiliate Hershey Bears. Among them was Travis Boyd, who has done his best to prove he belongs on an NHL roster.

Since clearing waivers and returning to the AHL, Boyd has been one of the most productive Hershey forwards, scoring four goals and recording two assists in just two games played, including two tallies and an assist in Sunday night’s game against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins on two shots:

Boyd also scored twice on two shots in Saturday night’s game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, including the overtime winner with just one second remaining in the extra frame:

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Boyd has scored on ALL four of his four shots in the two games played thus far, and his two assists gives him six points in those two games. In addition, he has a plus-2 rating and two of his four tallies came on the power play. In 53 games played last season with the Capitals, Boyd recorded a career-high 20 points (five goals, 15 assists), averaging just 9:50 of ice time. With the additions of Garnet Hathaway, Brendan Leipsic, and Richard Panik, as well as the re-signing of Carl Hagelin, Boyd found himself the odd man out on the Washington depth chart, leading to his placement and subsequent clearing of waivers.

Whether Boyd will get another opportunity this season (the final of his contract) with the Capitals remains to be seen so early in the 2019-20 season. However, the 26-year old forward is doing his best through two games in the AHL to prove he deserves a chance at the NHL level after a promising 2018-19 season.

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 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, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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2 Responses to Boiling Hot Boyd: Travis Boyd On A Tear Since Return to the Hershey Bears, Scores Four Goals On Four Shots

  1. Anonymous says:

    As I said, and another person agreed, on the article about Dowd vs. Stephenson:
    Anonymous says:
    October 12, 2019 at 3:02 pm
    Boyd should have been given a chance here.

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  2. Pingback: Travis Boyd Named CCM/AHL Player of the Week | NoVa Caps

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