Capitals Recall Defenseman Lucas Johansen From Hershey, Assign To Taxi Squad

The Washington Capitals announced on Monday that they have recalled defenseman Lucas Johansen from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and have assigned him to the taxi squad.

Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny entered COVID protocol on Friday and will likely miss the Capitals game against the Penguins on Tuesday night. Defenseman Nick Jensen has been out with an upper-body injury and missed the last four games.

Johansen, 24, made his NHL debut and recorded his first NHL point on Dec. 31 versus the Detroit Red Wings. Johansen has recorded 13 points (3g, 10a) and a +16 plus/minus rating in 31 games with Hershey this season.

The Vancouver, British Columbia native is on pace to record 28 points this season, which would mark a new single-season AHL career high (2017-18: 6g-21a-27p in 74 games played).

In 164 career games with Hershey, Johansen has recorded 58 points (12g, 46a). Johansen was selected with the Capitals’ first-round pick, 28th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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2 Responses to Capitals Recall Defenseman Lucas Johansen From Hershey, Assign To Taxi Squad

  1. Marky says:

    It’s been a long road for LuJo and it had been looking bleak for a few years but he seems to have made a jump and might still have a future in the NHL. Hoping for the best for him. Good Luck kid!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I thought it was not going to work out for him… Caps traded down for him and passed up Tage T..

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