Lematin.ch is reporting that Capitals’ forward prospect Damien Riat has been recalled by the Washington Capitals and will be reporting to Hershey for the start of the AHL season. The Bears begin their 2020-21 campaign on February 5.
The Capitals loaned Riat to the Geneve-Servette Hockey Club of the Swiss National League on August 4 to begin the 2020-21 hockey season. It was expected that the Capitals would recall Riat to North America when the organization’s 2020-21 training camp opened, however It was later decided that Riat would remain in Switzerland to continue his season with Geneve-Servette.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to prepare for the start of the NHL here in Geneva, whenever that is,” he said. “At the moment I’m fully focused on the season with Geneva and I’m doing my best here. When the time comes to go to Washington, I’ll be ready for that too.” said Riat back in October.
The Capitals signed Riat to a two-year entry level contract on March 5. Riat was preparing to report to Hershey when the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown hockey a week later. Riat’s contract will carry an average annual value of $817,500.
Riat has recorded seven goals and 11 assists in 2o games so far this season with Geneve-Servette. He was recently suspended for seven games and fined 6,000 Francs (about $6,740), including procedural costs, for an illegal cross-check.
By Jon Sorensen