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.
Nic Dowd (upper body) is officially listed as day to day. He hurt his hand (laceration) in the Capitals last game vs Philadelphia. He was at optional skate yesterday.
Carl Hagelin (upper body) skated in a light blue non-contact jersey at morning skate ahead of tonight’s game vs Montreal. He’s missed the last three games.
If no other moves are made, the Capitals will dress seven defensemen and only 11 forwards for tonight’s game versus the Canadiens.
The Lewington recall was indeed a cap-related decision. The #Caps will regroup after the game and more moves could be made ahead of tomorrow’s game in Boston. It’s unclear what will happen but remember Samsonov, who is starting tonight, and Siegenthaler are waiver exempt.
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) November 15, 2019
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Lewington, 24, has appeared in five games with the Capitals and in one game in Hershey this season.
In seven career games with the Capitals, Lewington has two points (1g, 1a) and 24 penalty minutes. The Edmonton, Alb., native made his NHL debut on Dec. 22, 2018, against the Ottawa Senators. On Dec. 29, 2018, against Ottawa, Lewington recorded his first career point, an assist, his first career goal and was charged with a fighting major. It marked the first Capitals Gordie Howe hat trick in seven years (Troy Brouwer, Dec. 7, 2011 at Ottawa) and the first time a Washington defenseman recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick in the regular season since Kevin Hatcher (Feb. 10, 1991 versus Philadelphia).
The 6’2”, 200-pound defenseman recorded 15 points (3g, 12a) in 65 games with Hershey in 2018-19 and logged 121 penalty minutes, which led the team and ranked tied for ninth in the AHL. In 241 career AHL games, Lewington has recorded 49 points (12g, 37a), 501 penalty minutes and has posted a +29 plus/minus rating.
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).