In the midst of a four-game road trip, the Washington Capitals have sent down Beck Malenstyn and Christian Djoos to the Hershey Bears, suggesting some injured Capitals players are getting healthy and ready to return.
The Capitals, who defeated the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday 5-2, do not play again until Tuesday against San Jose.
Carl Hagelin, who was placed on long term injured reserve on November 20, is eligible to return Monday, December 2 and appears likely to do so. Hagelin has been skating with the team during practice and has been a full go.
Carl Hagelin is on track to return as expected after his LTI stint. Will be eligible to be back for the team's game on Dec. 3 at San Jose.
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) November 26, 2019
Meanwhile, Nicklas Backstrom, who is battling an upper-body injury, traveled with the team on their west coast trip and could be ready to return Wednesday.
Backstrom is out tomorrow. That *probably* means he's out in DET on Saturday, too. But he'll travel with the #Caps to the West Coast. Assuming things go well in practice Monday in San Jose, I'm guessing he'll be good-to-go Tuesday vs. the Sharks.
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) November 28, 2019
Malenstyn made his NHL debut on November 20 and played in three games for the Capitals total in the bottom six. Malenstyn’s stint with the Caps was eye-opening and could result in more NHL time as an injury recall. Djoos did not get a game.
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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-assigned forward Beck Malenstyn and defenseman Christian Djoos to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Malenstyn, 21, made his NHL debut on Nov. 20 against the New York Rangers and played three games for the Capitals. The 6’2”, 198-pound forward has recorded six points (3g, 3a) in 18 games with Hershey this season. Last season with the Bears, the White Rock, B.C., native recorded 16 points (7g, 9a) in his rookie AHL season and was named Hershey’s IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. In 92 career games with Hershey, Malenstyn has recorded 22 points (10g, 12a). Prior to joining Hershey, Malenstyn won a WHL Championship in 2018 as a member of the Swift Current Broncos, recording 11 points (4g, 7a) in 26 playoff games. He was selected with the Capitals’ fifth round pick, 145th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.
This season with Hershey, Djoos, 25, has recorded 11 points (1g, 10a) in 18 games and is tied for 12th among AHL defensemen in assists. The 6’0”, 180-pound defenseman played in 45 games with the Capitals last season, recording 10 points (1g, 9a). In 108 career NHL games, all with the Capitals, the Gothenburg, Sweden, native has recorded 24 points (4g, 20a). Djoos was selected by the Capitals in the seventh round, 195th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.
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