Lucas Johansen Re-assigned To Hershey

The Washington Capitals announced Wednesday afternoon that Lucas Johansen has been re-assigned to the Hershey Bears. The move is made to make room for defenseman Alex Alexeyev, who will make his season debut tonight against the Penguins.


ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have loaned defenseman Lucas Johansen to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and activated defenseman Alex Alexeyev from the injured non-roster list, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Johansen, 24, made his Capitals season debut on Monday against Edmonton and has scored one goal in six games with Hershey this season. Johansen made his NHL debut and recorded his first career point on Dec. 31, 2021 against the Detroit Red Wings. The 6’2″, 180-pound defenseman recorded 28 points (8g, 20a) in 62 games with Hershey during the 2021-22 season, establishing AHL career highs in goals, points and plus/minus (20). Johansen finished the season ranked first among Hershey defensemen in plus/minus and second in goals, assists and points. In 201 career AHL career games with Hershey, Johansen has recorded 74 points (18g, 56a). The Capitals selected Johansen with their first-round pick, 28th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Alexeyev, 22, has recorded one assist in four games with Hershey this season. The 6’4″, 215-pound defenseman was selected by the Capitals in the first round, 31st overall, in the 2018 NHL Draft and made his NHL debut on Dec. 29, 2021 against the Nashville Predators. Alexeyev recorded 19 points (1g, 18a) in 68 games with Hershey last season. The St. Petersburgh, Russia native ranked second among Hershey defensemen in penalty minutes (51), tied for second in games played (68) and third in plus/minus (6).

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 Lucas Johansen Re-assigned To Hershey

  1. novafyre says:

    You said he would be odd man out, but I thought the Caps only had 22 on their active roster so didn’t think he would be pushed that far out.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I think all of this is temporary, in a big picture sense. They want/need to get a look at Alexeyev and this was the easiest way to do it. I suspect LuJo will be back.

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