The Capitals recalled forward Chandler Stephenson from minor league Hershey on Saturday, the team announced.

There was no reason provided for the promotion, though it’s possible the move was made as a precaution. The Caps, who are carrying only 12 forwards, host the Flyers on Sunday and then immediately hit the road for a game in Pittsburgh. Assuming Stephenson travels, he’ll give the Caps an extra forward in case of injury or illness.

Stephenson, a third round pick in 2012, did not record a point in nine games with the Caps last season. He’s been hot in Hershey, though. The 22-year-old center has six goals and 17 assists in 36 games. In the past eight games, he’s got seven points (two goals, five assists).

“Stephenson, he’s the one guy that when you watch him play, he looks like an NHLer,” Bears Coach Troy Mann told two weeks ago in Hershey. “He skates like an NHLer. He’s got that size. I told Chandler that he doesn’t need to put up 80 points in the American Hockey League to make the NHL. But I certainly believe he is a 50-point guy in the [AHL] and can be a third line center in the NHL because he can skate, he can play power play, he can play penalty kill and he’s our best faceoff guy.”

Stephenson is the latest Bears’ forward to be rewarded with a call up this season, joining Liam O’Brien, Jakub Vrana, Paul Carey and Zach Sanford. 


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