Washington Capitals prospect Brett Leason made his NHL debut Friday night as the team clashed with the Arizona Coyotes at Capital One Arena. The 22-year-old was recalled from the AHL’s Hershey Bears this morning after forward T.J. Oshie was placed on injured reserve.
Leason did his rookie solo lap prior to warmups.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 29, 2021
He slid onto the fourth line with left-wing Conor Sheary and center Hendrix Lapierre. He became the eighth player selected in the second round or later from the 2019 NHL Draft to play in the NHL. Additionally, Leason is one of four rookies in tonight’s lineup:
Four rookies in the Capitals’ lineup tonight: Hendrix Lapierre, Connor McMichael, Martin Fehervary, Brett Leason https://t.co/4R1rRAakJo
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) October 29, 2021
Leason has one goal in five games with Hershey this season and is tied for third on the team with 11 shots.
— Jon Sorensen (@jon_m_sorensen) October 16, 2021
The 6’-5”, 225 lb right-winger, was drafted by the Capitals in the second round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and spent the last two seasons playing for the Bears in the AHL. Leason was signed to a three-year entry-level deal on July 11, 2019. He will be a restricted free agent at the end of the 2021-22 season.
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Leason recorded 20 points (9g, 11a) in 33 games during the 2020-21 season with Hershey, including 13 points (5g, 8a) in his final 15 games. The Calgary, Alberta, native surpassed his rookie point total of 14 (3g, 11a) set in 2019-20 in 17 fewer games in 2020-21, while also tripling his goal total. He ranked fourth on Hershey in goals and points and second in shots (74). Additionally, Leason was one of five skaters to appear in all 33 of Hershey’s games and was the only Hershey player to record a power-play goal (1), a shorthanded goal (1), and a game-winning goal (2).
In 88 career games with Hershey, Leason has 35 points (13g, 22a).
At the junior level, Leason registered 89 points (36g, 53a) in 55 games with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League (WHL) during the 2018-19 season. In 190 career WHL games between Prince Albert and the Tri-City Americans, he recorded 140 points (60g, 80a). He received the 2019 E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence in 2019, presented annually by the NHL to a prospect who best exemplifies commitment to excellence through strength of character, competitiveness, and athleticism.
Leason represented Team Canada in the 2019 World Junior Championship, recording five points (3g, 2a) in five games.
By Della Young