Capitals Recall Brett Leason From Hershey


The Washington Capitals announced Thursday morning that they have recalled forward Brett Leason from Hershey. The call-up could be related to the status of forward Tom Wilson, who sustained a lower body injury in the first period of Game 1 against the Panthers on Tuesday. Wilson is officially listed as a “game-time decision” for Game 2 tonight.

With the Leason call up, the Capitals now have three extra forwards with them in Florida. Leason joins rookies Connor McMichael and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, however, Leason is a better fit on the right side should there need to be a replacement for Wilson.

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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Brett Leason from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Leason, 23, made his NHL debut on Oct. 29, 2021 against the Arizona Coyotes and has recorded six points (3g, 3a) in 36 games with the Capitals this season. In addition, the 6’5″, 218-pound forward has 13 points (6g, 7a) in 31 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.


The move is unfortunate for the Bears who struggled with scoring in the second half of the regular season and begin their postseason run on Friday in Wilkes-Barre.

Leason, 6’-4”, is a natural right-winger and obvious replacement for Wilson, should Wilson be unable to go tonight. We will find out more about Wilson’s status at the team’s morning skate, which begins at 11:30 AM.

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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8 Responses to Capitals Recall Brett Leason From Hershey

  1. Dan+Hornbaker says:

    Do you travel with the team Jon and have media access?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Not a good sign for Wilson.

    • Marky says:

      Yep. I would think so too. Leason better be ready to skate and use that big body of his. Good Luck to him.

      • Jon Sorensen says:

        Nobody can replace #43, but Leason, 6’p4”, right winger, is the best we got.

        • MrKrabs says:

          I think we’re gonna miss Wilson’s physical factor. I’m not knocking against Leason, but we’re gonna need a more physical force on the 4th line where Leason is going to play. With that, I’d rather see Malenstyn

          • Jon Sorensen says:

            No question. You don’t replace #43. Just try to backfill as best possible. Malenstyn would have also been a candidate on my sheet as well.

  3. novafyre says:

    The move is unfortunate for the Bears who struggled with scoring in the second half of the regular season and begin their postseason run on Friday in Wilkes-Barre.

    Yes, I feel bad for Hershey.

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