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