Barry Trotz believed injured defenseman John Carlson would be ready to play after the All-Star Break. Judging by this round of call-ups, he still may not be able to.
Monday morning after the All-Star Weekend concluded, the Capitals announced two promotions from AHL Hershey, prospect defenseman Christian Djoos and forward Chandler Stephenson.
Stephenson returns back to the club after appearing in two games last week. Stephenson suited up for Jay Beagle Tuesday after the Caps center could not play due to the stomach flu. Stephenson also got a jersey on Thursday after TJ Oshie returned home due to a family emergency.
Meanwhile, for Djoos, this is his first promotion to the NHL. The 22-year-old left-shooting defenseman has tallied 26 points in 35 games this season with Hershey, which includes five goals and 21 assists. Djoos was a seventh round pick in the 2012 entry-draft. His father Par played 82 games in the NHL during a hockey career that spanned 16 seasons.