Capitals Recall Beck Malenstyn From Hershey

The Washington Capitals announced Friday afternoon that they have recalled forward Beck Malenstyn from Hershey. Forward Anthony Mantha was a late scratch for Thursday night’s game against the Canadiens in Montreal (lower body injury), and is likely the reason for the recall of Malenstyn.


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

Malenstyn, 25, has appeared in five games with Washington this season, recording two points (1g, 1a). The 6’3″, 206-pound forward scored one goal in 12 games with the Capitals during the 2021-22 season. Malenstyn recorded his first career NHL goal and point on Nov. 30, 2021, against the Florida Panthers. In 20 career NHL games with the Capitals, Malenstyn has recorded three points (2g, 1a) and a +3 plus/minus rating.

The Delta, British Columbia native has recorded 10 points (7g, 3a) in 39 games with Hershey this season. Malenstyn’s 0.26 points-per-game is the second-highest rate of his career (2019-20: 0.33). In addition, Malenstyn ranks tied for first on the Bears in shorthanded goals (1).

Malenstyn recorded 16 points (10g, 6a) in 65 games with the Bears in 2021-22, establishing an AHL career high in goals and tying a career high in points. Malenstyn finished the season ranked tied for third on Hershey in game-winning goals (3) and sixth in games played. Malenstyn appeared in all three of Hershey’s playoff games, recording one goal. In 224 career AHL games with Hershey, Malenstyn recorded 57 points (31g, 26a).

The Capitals selected Malenstyn with their fifth-round pick, 145th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.

The Capitals dressed 17 skaters Thursday night against the Canadiens so that they would have enough salary cap space to make a recall for Saturday’s game against the Panthers.

By Jon Sorensen

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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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4 Responses to Capitals Recall Beck Malenstyn From Hershey

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    What a year for injuries! Nothing like being tight on cap space AND injured players who are not injured enough to go on LTIR!

    • novafyre says:

      To me there are three categories — LTIR, IR, and then playing but not 100%. Might be that twinge that suddenly interferes or maybe the pain killers just dulling performance. Even a cold, flu, or allergies or medicines taken for them. I never felt much sympathy for Steffi Graf blaming allergies for her poor French Open performances until I lived in Paris. All the standing water (and even some flowing water) was covered with a thick yellow blanket of pollen — right during the French Open.

  2. racingmoose says:

    Beck deserves a real shot at being a regular for the Caps next year. He may be the most NHL ready for the role he provides, a strong skater, physical player, smart player, top notch penalty killer, and great attitude.

  3. dwgie26 says:

    This was the right callup. He can be replaced in Hershey. But very valuable to the caps heading into next season as he should be our 4LW.

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