Leason On Capitals Calling Him Up After Wilson Injury: “I Am Very Excited And Very Fortunate To Get This Chance And Trying To Make The Most Of It”

After getting recalled from the AHL’s Hershey Bears with right-wing Tom Wilson out day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Brett Leason took line rushes during the Washington Capitals’ morning skate on Thursday. Leason then met with the media following the team’s workout.

The 23-year-old told the media “I am very excited and very fortunate to get this chance and trying to make the most of it.”

”It’s what we do out there. We got to come, have a good start, and play a good game .. play physical,” he said.

On his mindset entering his first career postseason game, Leason responded that it is to”do my role, do what [head coach Peter Laviolette] expects me.” He added that he is comfortable with center Nic Dowd, who’s line he skated on during Thursday morning’s skate.

When asked about his performance on his first road trip with the Capitals, which included a 5-4 overtime loss at FLA Arena where he earned an assist on November 4, the 6’-5” Leason responded ”When I got down there and played my game, offensively, I got better down there but I worked on some things. There’s some things that I still got to work on but it definitely helped with my development.”

He was with his girlfriend when he found out the Capitals recalled him before talking to parents. “[They were] very excited and very happy for me,” he added.

Leason said ”[Game 1 on Tuesday night, which the Capitals won by a score of 4-2] looked fast out there. Obviously, two very fast teams that include their [defense] in the rush and [we] just have to limit their transition.”

Regarding his play this season, Leason explained that ”It’s been crazy. This season, I have made big strides.” Overall, he is pleased with his development after playing first his first career NHL game and scoring his first career NHL goal.

By Harrison Brown

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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3 Responses to Leason On Capitals Calling Him Up After Wilson Injury: “I Am Very Excited And Very Fortunate To Get This Chance And Trying To Make The Most Of It”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Go get em!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Take no prisoners, Lease!

  3. Jon Sorensen says:

    We’ve been asked by more than a few about why not go with McMichael. McMichael is more of a center or left-winger. Leason is a natural right-winger (Wilson). His 6’-5” body will also be of use in a physical serious like this one.

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