The Washington Capitals face quite a few injuries on the main roster, and their AHL affiliate Hershey Bear are also a bit banged up.
The 24-year-old was set to crack the Capitals roster on opening night and was the last fringe defenseman left in camp. However, he didn’t make the cut. The team stayed with matt irvin as the seventh defender and ran with 14 forwards. He faced a myriad of injuries and adversity during his young career, which made it difficult for the first round of 2016 to finally make the jump to the NHL. However, Johansen made his NHL debut last season. Expect him to work towards becoming part of the team’s corps in the near future, as he signed a two-year extension with the organization this offseason.
Johansen just played his 200th game in the AHL and has one goal in six games this season. In 201 AHL games, “LuJo” has 18 goals and 56 assists for 74 points and a minus-4 rating.
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Meanwhile, Alexeyev is still working on his path after suffering shoulder surgery this offseason. The 22-year-old made his AHL debut on Friday, posting a minus-1 differential. He is plus-1 so far in Sunday’s game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
The plan is for Alexeyev to return to play with the Bears and then join Washington. It requires waivers to be sent. so he’ll probably get a peek when he gets back to full fitness. His return is welcome as the team awaits an update on John Carlsonthe status of. The No.74 went down with a lower back injury early in Saturday’s win over the Nashville Predators.
In addition to Carlson, the Capitals are also awaiting news on TJ Oshiewho also left Saturday’s game with a lower body injury. Nicklas Backstrom (hip resurfacing surgery), Thomas Wilson (ACL surgery), Carl Hagelin (hip surgery) and Connor Brown (lower body) are all equally on the shelf.