The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday morning that they recalled defenseman Martin Fehervary from the AHL’s Hershey Bears.
After he played three games with the Capitals to begin the 2019-20 season, the 20-year-old has recorded four goals, 14 points, and a +12 rating in 45 games with the Bears this season. He was drafted 46th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft.
The Capitals host the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington).
They now have seven defensemen on the roster. A team official told NBC Sports Washington’s JJ Regan that Fehervary’s promotion is not because of any injuries on the current roster. The Capitals just want to see where he is in his development.
From The Capitals
The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Martin Fehervary from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Fehervary, 20, appeared in three games with the Capitals this season. The 6’2″, 200-pound rookie defenseman averaged 14:29 TOI per game and recorded a 54.72 shot attempt percentage (29 shot attempts for, 24 against) at five-on-five.
Fehervary, who was selected with the Capitals’ second round pick, 46th overall, in the 2018 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut on Oct. 2 against the St. Louis Blues and became the first player selected outside of the first round to make his NHL debut before the age of 20 since Samuel Girard (Nashville, selected in the second round, 47th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft) on Oct. 10, 2017. The Bratislava, Slovakia, native is one of 11 defensemen in franchise history to make his NHL debut before the age of 20.
In 45 games with Hershey this season, Fehervary has 14 points (4g, 10a). Among rookie AHL defensemen, Fehervary’s 10 assists are tied for 17th and his +12 plus/minus ranks fifth.
Fehervary registered seven points (1g, 6a) for HV-71 in the Swedish Hockey League in 45 games during the 2018-2019 season. He captained Team Slovakia during the World Junior Championship, recording five points (1g, 4a) in five games. Additionally, Fehervaryrepresented Slovakia during the 2019 IIHF World Championship, recording an assist in seven games.
By Harrison Brown