Not sure why, but the Capitals have called up Chandler Stephenson from the Hershey Bears. Stephenson has played four NHL games this season and 13 in his career, but none in the postseason.
We’ll know about the circumstance of the call-up after morning skate, but Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post has a guess.
For all you panicked people tweeting me, yes, Stephenson is here for a reason. I'm guessing a center is injured. We will see soon.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 21, 2017
From the Caps:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 21, 2017
Capitals Recall Stephenson from Hershey
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Chandler Stephenson from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Stephenson, 22, played in four games with the Capitals this season and made his 2016-17 season debut on Jan. 24 at Ottawa. He played in nine games with Washington last season and made his NHL debut on Oct. 15, 2015 vs. Chicago. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native earned 38 points (10g, 28a) in 72 games with Hershey (AHL) during the 2016-17 regular-season and ranked fifth on the team in assists and seventh in points. Stephenson set AHL career highs in points, goals, assists and games played this season. The 6’0”, 204-pound forward has earned 81 points (25g, 56a) in 174 career AHL games with Hershey. He was drafted by the Capitals in the third round, 77th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.
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