The Washington Capitals announced that they’ve loaned defenseman Alex Alexeyev to Salavat Yulaev of the KHL.
The move will give Alexeyev, one of the team’s top prospects, a chance to continue to develop and play competitive hockey while there’s uncertainty surrounding the start of the 2020-21 season.
Между #HCSalavat и @Capitals заключен договор аренды молодого защитника Александра Алексеева. Срок соглашения рассчитан до конца сезона 2020/2021.
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According to Salavat Yulaev, the term of the agreement lasts through the end of the 2020-21 season, but the Capitals say they’re expected to recall Alexeyev back to North America for training camp.
Alexeyev, the team’s 2018 first-round pick, spent all of last season with the AHL Hershey Bears. He scored three goals and tallied 18 assists in 58 games.
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Capitals Loan Alexander Alexeyev to Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have loaned defenseman Alexander Alexeyev to Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) to begin the 2020-21 season, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. It is expected that the Capitals will recall Alexeyev to North America upon the commencement of the Capitals’ 2020-21 training camp.
The Capitals selected Alexeyev with their first-round pick, 31st overall, in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Alexeyev, 20, finished his first AHL season with 21 points (3g, 18a) in 58 games with the Hershey Bears. Alexeyev ranked third among Hershey defensemen and 12th among all AHL rookie defensemen in points. Additionally, his 18 points at even strength tied for sixth among all AHL rookie defensemen. The St. Petersburg, Russia, native led Hershey defensemen in games played and ranked third in plus/minus (8).
In the 2018-19 season, the 6’4”, 210-pound defenseman recorded 43 points (10g, 33a) in 49 games with the Red Deer Rebels in the Western Hockey League (WHL), ranking eighth among defensemen in points per game (0.88). In 135 career games with Red Deer, Alexeyev recorded 101 points (21g, 80a).
Alexeyev has represented Russia at the 2019 World Junior Championship, the 2016 Under-18 World Championship and the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial. Alexeyev recorded six points (2g, 4a) in seven games en route to winning the bronze medal at the 2019 World Junior Championship.
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