The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday that they have reassigned defenseman Martin Fehervary to the AHL’s Hershey Bears.
In six games with the Capitals this season, the 20-year old has posted an assist and a -2 rating. He has appeared in the team’s past three games since getting recalled last week but was a -4 in the last two. The Capitals scratched defensemen Nick Jensen in their 7-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and Radko Gudas in their 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday in favor of Fehervary after he played 19:55 worth of ice time in the team’s 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings last Tuesday. He impressed in that game with a takeaway, a giveaway, two blocked shots, four hits, a shot, and a +2 rating.
Fehervary has recorded four goals, 14 points, and a +12 rating in 45 games with the Bears this season. He was drafted 46th overall by the Capitals in the 2018 NHL Draft.
He did not play in the Bears’ 3-0 win over the Wilkes-Barrie Scranton Penguins on Friday night as the Capitals likely did not want to risk him getting hurt before recalling him.
The Capitals start a three-game road trip against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Thursday (9 PM ET, NBCSN nationally or NBC Sports Washington locally).
From The Caps
The Washington Capitals have re-assigned defenseman Martin Fehervary to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Fehervary, 20, appeared in six games with the Capitals this season. The 6’2″, 200-pound rookie defenseman averaged 15:59 TOI per game and recorded a 53.60 shot attempt percentage (81 shot attempts for, 70 against) at five-on-five. He recorded his first career point – an assist – on Feb. 8 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
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 18th 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, Fehervary represented Slovakia during the 2019 IIHF World Championship, recording an assist in seven games.
By Harrison Brown