The Capitals recalled forward Chandler Stephenson from AHL Hershey to join the team on their road trip, GM Brain MacLellan announced Tuesday.
Stephenson, 22, made his NHL debut last season and appeared in nine games for the Capitals.
In the AHL this season, Stephenson has tallied 24 points on six goals and 18 assists for Hershey.
He will join the team as it prepares to take on the Ottowa Senators tonight (coverage begins at 7 p.m. on CSN). The two games remaining on the road trip are against the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders.
The Capitals (43-24-7) take on the Canadiens (27-36-12) Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Montreal.
WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-CANADIENS GAME ON?
The Capitals-Canadiens game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off on NBC Sports Washington with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Extra and Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. for postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)
NBC Sports Washington has been told that the primary objective for Gersich in the coming weeks is to get his first taste of the NHL by observing—and practicing alongside—his new teammates in Washington. If the opportunity to get him into the lineup presents itself, then it’s possible he’ll suit up.
The 21-year-old just completed his third season at UND. Here are Gersich’s numbers from junior and college, courtesy of www.hockeydb.com.
At UND, the smooth-skating and skilled Gersich also produced this memorable goal vs. Denver:
Gersich has been assigned jersey No. 63 in Washington, according to the Caps’ website.
The addition of Gersich and subsequent subtraction of Travis Boyd, who was reassigned to Hershey on Friday morning, leaves the Caps with 14 forwards on the roster.
“I think he did a great job at rookie camp,” Caps GM Brian MacLellan said of Gersich in July. “He was one of our best players, if not the best player, at camp. Really happy about the way he’s progressed and where we picked him. I think Ross Mahoney did a great job with that pick.”