The Washington Capitals recalled defenseman Christian Djoos from the AHL’s Hershey Bears on Friday morning and announced that defensemen Radko Gudas and Michal Kempny will both be game-time decisions against the Columbus Blue Jackets (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington). Djoos will play against the Blue Jackets but said that he doesn’t know who with.
Head coach Todd Reirden stated on Friday morning that dressing five defensemen against the Blue Jackets is “not the plan.”
The 25-year old defenseman has recorded three goals, 18 points, and a +7 rating in 25 games with the Bears this season. He spent each of the previous two seasons with the NHL club but was scratched for the final four games of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs last season. He underwent thigh surgery on December 14 and finished with a goal, 10 points, and a +9 rating in 45 games during the 2018-19 campaign.
Djoos earned an assist and a +5 rating during the Capitals’ Stanley Cup run after being scratched the first two games.
He was placed on waivers prior to opening night and was awarded a one-year, $1.25 million contract by a neutral arbitrator as a restricted free agent on July 24.
In 108 career NHL games, the Capitals’ 2012 seventh-round pick has earned four goals, 22 points, and a +22 rating.
The Capitals also play at the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
From The Caps
The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Christian Djoos from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
This season with Hershey, Djoos, 25, has recorded 18 points (3g, 15a) in 25 games and is tied for 10th among AHL defensemen in assists. The 6’0″, 180-pound defenseman played in 45 games with the Capitals last season, recording 10 points (1g, 9a). In 108 career NHL games, all with the Capitals, the Gothenburg, Sweden, native has recorded 24 points (4g, 20a).
Djoos was selected by the Capitals in the seventh round, 195th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft. He is the son of former NHL defenseman Par Djoos, who played for the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers and recorded 33 points (2g, 31a) in 82 career games.
By Harrison Brown