By Ian Oland
Beck Malenstyn fractured a finger in his left hand in a game against the Vegas Golden Knights on November 1. He had that injury surgically repaired.
Nearly two full months later, Malenstyn is ready to play hockey again. But he will do so in Hershey.
The Capitals opted to send the checking forward back down to the AHL on Wednesday now that he’s healthy.
NEWS | The Capitals have loaned forward Beck Malenstyn to the Hershey Bears. https://t.co/r2oK9SZlc7
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) December 28, 2022
Malenstyn had been participating in informal skates with other injured and rehabbing players throughout the last month.
“There’s some guys that are on the cusp,” Laviolette said before Tuesday’s Capitals-Rangers game. “Beck’s close.”
Malenstyn played in five games with the Capitals this season, tallying a goal and an assist. The 24-year-old forward is a precious and good organizational depth player, especially on a team which has so many durability issues.
Here’s the Capitals’ full press release:
Capitals Loan Beck Malenstyn to Hershey
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have loaned forward Beck Malenstyn to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Malenstyn, 24, has appeared in five games with Washington this season, recording two points (1g, 1a). The 6’3”, 206-pound forward scored one goal in 12 games with the Capitals during the 2021-22 season. Malenstyn recorded his first career NHL goal and point on Nov. 30, 2021, against the Florida Panthers. In 20 career NHL games with the Capitals, Malenstyn has recorded three points (2g, 1a).
The Delta, British Columbia, native has appeared in two games with Hershey this season. Malenstyn recorded 16 points (10g, 6a) in 65 games with the Bears last season, establishing an AHL career high in goals and tying a career high in points. Malenstyn finished the season ranked tied for third on Hershey in game-winning goals (3) and sixth in games played. Malenstyn appeared in all three of Hershey’s playoff games, recording one goal. In 187 career AHL games with Hershey, Malenstyn recorded 47 points (24g, 23a).
The Capitals selected Malenstyn with their fifth-round pick, 145th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.
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