Tuesday night, nearly 24 hours removed from his NHL debut, Capitals 2011 sixth-round pick Travis Boyd thanked friends and family on Twitter for their support during his long journey to the NHL.
The Capitals were hit by the injury bug again on Saturday against Columbus, as forward Chandler Stephenson suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury. Stephenson, listed as day-to-day by the Capitals, will not play tonight. Instead, Travis Boyd, recalled from Hershey Sunday, will play in his first NHL game.
Boyd will take Stephenson’s place on the third line in his debut. Tyler Graovac is the odd man out again.
Washington Capitals forward Chandler Stephenson suffered an undisclosed injury Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, leaving the game after the second period. The Capitals termed Stephenson’s injury as day-to-day, but Sunday afternoon they announced a recall.
Up from Hershey comes Travis Boyd, the Bears 2016-17 MVP and arguably the Caps’ most consistent prospect over the last two seasons. Boyd has 20 points in 23 games, while his 17 assists rank him fifth overall in the AHL.
Boyd has some skill and a bunch of heart, but lacks top tier speed. He has never played in an NHL game. He may very well do so Monday night against the San Jose Sharks.
Thursday morning the Capitals narrowed down their training camp roster to 26, sending defensemen Tyler Lewington and Jonas Siegenthaler, forward Travis Boyd, and goalie Phoenix Copley to Hershey.
In addition, Zach Sill and Liam O’Brien, who were placed on waivers Tuesday afternoon, cleared and will also report to Hershey. The Bears kicked off their preseason last night, defeating the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins at home 5-1.
Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have spent most of the last ten seasons skating together on the first line. They’ve had a bunch of success. Ovechkin, who has already crossed the 500-goal and 1,000-point plateaus in his career, has tallied 539 even-strength points in 758 games since Backstrom joined the team in 2007. Meanwhile, the Swedish center has tallied 421 even-strength points in 734 contests.
Tuesday, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz announced that the productive duo will no longer be paired together – at least to start the season.
This summer in Minnesota, several dozen NHL players are participating in an organized summer league called Da Beauty League.
Current and former Capitals Taylor Chorney, Nate Schmidt, Shane Gersich, Aaron Ness, Travis Boyd, and Matt Hendricks are dispersed amongst the league’s six teams which includes other NHL players and prospects.
On Tuesday, after former NHL All-Star Game MVP and Da Beauty League commissioner John Scott finally arrived, the league got everyone together for official team photos.
They are awesome.
Taylor Chorney may be a healthy scratch in Washington, but in Da Beauty League, he’s basically a Hockey Hall of Famer.
Chorney, a one-time John Scott Cup champion, is a point-per-game player in the popular Minnesota summer league, tallying seven points in his first four games. He currently sits 19th in league scoring, despite playing in one less game than most players ahead of him.
Monday night against Walser, Chorney scored a beautiful no-look five-hole goal, which gave RBC a 6-0 lead.
Over the summer, many NHL players participate in organized summer leagues to get one final tune-up before training camp. One of these leagues is called Da Beauty League. Formed in 2015, the league has six teams featuring NHL players and prospects including Dustin Byfuglien, Jake Guentzel, Anders Lee and the van Reimsdyk brothers.
The Capitals also have some familiar names participating this summer including Taylor Chorney, Shane Gersich, Travis Boyd, Aaron Ness, Matt Hendricks, and Nate Schmidt.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Washington Capitals announced they had re-signed prospect Travis Boyd to a one-year, two-way contract. The 23-year-old center will make the league minimum of $650,000 at the NHL level and $115,000 if he’s down in Hershey.
In his second full season in the pros after four years at the University of Minnesota, Boyd led the Hershey Bears in points, tallying a career-high 63 in 76 games. Boyd, who was named to the 2017 AHL All-Star game, was honored with a spot on the Second All-Star Team for the league. He has 118 points in 154 career AHL games after being drafted in the sixth-round, 177th overall, in the 2011 Entry Draft.
Boyd was also voted team MVP.
After falling 3-1 to the Providence Bruins on Saturday night, the Hershey Bears seem to have found their groove again. The team won in overtime tonight after a thrilling game-winning goal from Travis Boyd, tying the Atlantic Division Finals series 1-1.
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