For Caps prospect Chandler Stephenson, it’s easy to be overlooked. The Capitals made two selections in the first round before selecting him, so Stephenson may not be on every Caps fans’ radar. But the third round pick can play. He was the fifth overall pick by Regina in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, he was invited to Canada’s Under-18 2011 selection camp with Tom Wilson, and he was Regina’s fourth best scorer last season. For those who went to Development Camp, you’ll recall Stephenson dropped the mitts with Max Iafrate after a few questionable hits by the latter.
On Friday night, Stephenson scored his first goal of the WHL regular season, and it was a big one. With 15.4 seconds left in the regulation against the Red Deer Rebels, the Saskatoon-born forward was first to a rebound and put the puck past the Rebels’ goalie Bolton Pouliot. It would stand up as the game-winner.
Video is below. (Warning: homers yelling.)
Stephenson’s goal is at 1:08 mark, assist is at 0:42 mark. (Video credit: WHL)
Stephenson also assisted on a goal by Dyson Stevenson that gave the Pats the lead early in the third period. Stephenson, who had 42 points in 55 games with the Pats last season, now has one goal and five assists in seven regular season games.
Photo credit: Phil Andrews.