The Washington Capitals have re-assigned forwards Brett Leason and Joe Snively to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Leason, 22, made his NHL debut on Oct. 29 against the Arizona Coyotes and has recorded six points (3g, 3a) in 21 games with the Capitals this season. In addition, Leason has one goal in five games with Hershey. The Calgary, Alberta, native 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. Leason 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. Leason 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). The Capitals selected Leason with their second round pick, 56th overall, in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Snively, 25, recorded an assist in his NHL debut on Dec. 19 against the Los Angeles Kings and became the first player in franchise history to play for the team as a native of Virginia. The Herndon, Va., native trained at MedStar Capitals Iceplex during his youth and was a participant in Washington’s Little Caps program. The 5’9″, 176-pound forward has recorded 22 points (8g, 14a) in 21 games with Hershey this season and leads the team in points and tied for first in goals. During the 2020-21 season, Snively recorded 17 points (6g, 11a) in 30 games for the Bears. In 105 career games with Hershey, Snively has recorded 70 points (28g, 42a). The Capitals signed Snively as a college free agent out of Yale University on March 18, 2019.