Washington Capitals forward Chandler Stephenson suffered an undisclosed injury Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, leaving the game after the second period. The Capitals termed Stephenson’s injury as day-to-day, but Sunday afternoon they announced a recall.
Up from Hershey comes Travis Boyd, the Bears 2016-17 MVP and arguably the Caps’ most consistent prospect over the last two seasons. Boyd has 20 points in 23 games, while his 17 assists rank him fifth overall in the AHL.
Boyd has some skill and a bunch of heart, but lacks top tier speed. He has never played in an NHL game. He may very well do so Monday night against the San Jose Sharks.
According to the Capitals, Boyd will wear number 72.
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The Washington Capitals announced today that forward Travis Boyd has been recalled from the Hershey Bears. The announcement was made by Washington’s senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan.
Boyd, 24, has posted 20 points (three goals, 17 assists) in 23 games this season for Hershey, ranking second on the team in assists and points. His 17 helpers rank him fifth in the AHL, and 11 have come on the power play, a mark tied for second in the league. Boyd has tallied eight multi-point games this season for the Bears.
In regular season play, Boyd has appeared in Hershey’s past 176 games, dating back to Apr. 18, 2015, a streak that made him the AHL’s active ironman. Including playoff games, Boyd had appeared in Hershey’s last 208 games prior to his recall. With the Bears, Boyd has skated in 177 regular season games, scoring 138 points (41 goals, 97 assists). He was Hershey’s Team MVP in 2016-17, skated in the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic, and was named to the 2016-17 AHL Second All-Star Team.
This is the second NHL recall for Boyd. The forward is still seeking his NHL debut. He was originally drafted by the Capitals in the sixth round, 177th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft.
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