Alex Alexeyev’s goal coming into Capitals Training Camp was to make the team.
Wednesday morning, that dream ended. The Washington Capitals loaned their 2018 first-round pick to the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.
The transaction ends Alexeyev’s time in Arlington without playing a single preseason game with the team.
The Capitals have loaned Alexander Alexeyev to Hershey. Updated Training Camp roster: https://t.co/Q5o9uz5LGi
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) September 25, 2019
The cut leaves the Capitals’ Training Camp Roster at 34, including four goaltenders.
As for Alexeyev, Training Camp went sideways for the highly-touted prospect after absorbing a high, dirty hit from Predators defenseman Josh Healey at a rookie camp tournament.
Following the hit, which occurred September 8 during the Capitals’ 3-2 loss to the Predators, Alexeyev did not return to the game nor play in the final outing of the tournament. Hershey Bears head coach Spencer Carberry said at the time, “We took him out of the game for precautionary reasons to make sure. He had to go through the [concussion] protocol, and everything was good.”
The Russian defenseman was later diagnosed with a concussion and did not begin participating in Training Camp again until late last week. Wearing a light blue no-contact jersey, Alexeyev did drills in full gear.
Alexander Alexeyev (upper body) is on the ice in a light blue non-contact jersey for Capitals following morning skate, prior to non-game group skating.
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) September 21, 2019
As the morning skate wraps up, 2018 first rounder Alex Alexeyev, who has been out with an upper body injury all camp, has taken the ice in full gear. Good news, it seems. #Caps
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) September 21, 2019
“It’s a shame because he sacrificed this summer and he came back (to Washington) as early as anybody,” Capitals head coach Todd Reirden said to The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir. “He put time and effort into it. We’ve already seen changes in his physique. His testing’s already moved up. He’s a guy is important to have us growing and keep getting better.”
“It’s a shame because he sacrificed this summer and he came back (to Washington) as early as anybody.” — Todd Reirden on Alex Alexeyev, who was sent to Hershey today. Alexeyev had been working his way back from a concussion he suffered in the rookie showcase. #Caps pic.twitter.com/28szj4a5Ml
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) September 25, 2019
The Capitals still remain high on Alexeyev who is an impressive skater for his size.
“He’s an untapped resource,” Reirden said to NBC Sports Washington. “I was really impressed with him last year, seeing him for the first time.”
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