Barry Trotz believed injured defenseman John Carlson would be ready to play after the All-Star Break. Judging by this round of call-ups, he still may not be able to.
Monday morning after the All-Star Weekend concluded, the Capitals announced two promotions from AHL Hershey, prospect defenseman Christian Djoos and forward Chandler Stephenson.
Stephenson returns back to the club after appearing in two games last week. Stephenson suited up for Jay Beagle Tuesday after the Caps center could not play due to the stomach flu. Stephenson also got a jersey on Thursday after TJ Oshie returned home due to a family emergency.
Meanwhile, for Djoos, this is his first promotion to the NHL. The 22-year-old left-shooting defenseman has tallied 26 points in 35 games this season with Hershey, which includes five goals and 21 assists. Djoos was a seventh round pick in the 2012 entry-draft. His father Par played 82 games in the NHL during a hockey career that spanned 16 seasons.
The Hershey Bears were able to beat the Springfield Thunderbirds 5-2 in the first leg of a home-and-home, Friday night. The Bears would receive a strong outing from goaltender Joe Cannata stopping 25 of 27 shots.
Liam O’Brien began the scoring for the Bears early in the first. After Springfield finished the period up 2-1, the Bears would score four unanswered goals to win the game 5-2.
The Hershey Bears dispatched their intra-state rival, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-0 in a scrappy game Wednesday night. Prospect goaltender Vitek Vanecek made 24 saves to earn his second shutout of the season.
Four different Bears scored including Zach Sill, Christian Thomas, Christian Djoos, and Paul Carey. Carey’s goal extended his point streak to 12 games.
The game was scoreless for the first 39:21 of the game until Zach Sill scored the eventual game winner.
Photo: Simon Hastegard / Bildbyran
It has been a pleasant surprise to see Christian Djoos, drafted by the Capitals in the seventh round in 2012, fare well in Sweden.
Boxcar stats don’t do justice to this subtle blueliner. He looks mature regardless of his ice time. During the few occasions I saw Djoos get off to a rough start in games — sometimes just because of rotten luck — he proved mental toughness in bouncing back and not letting his game fall apart.
Djoos might not wow you on any given night, but he’s always consistent with his play.
Photo: Simon Hastegard / Bildbyran
Washington Capitals defense prospect Christian Djoos scored two goals and an assist as his Brynas lost to HV71 7-4 on Saturday.
Djoos, who was held off the scoresheet in the first seven games of the season, now has two goals and two assists in the last three games.
Saturday’s contest was Djoos’ first multi-goal game in the top tier Swedish league. The 20-year-old defenseman, who was signed over the summer to a three year entry-level contract, also tied his career high in points in a single game and registered season high 23:33 of ice time.
Andre Burakovsky is the best Caps prospect yet to play a game with the big club (Photo: Elsa/Getty Images).
With rookie camp upon us, RMNB presents the new edition of its semiannual prospect rankings.
Prospect rankings factor in a player’s potential, his probability to reach his ceiling (including an assessment of that player’s adaptation to NHL’s style of play), and physical and mental maturity.
The Caps prospect pool is considered top-heavy, with four Caps prospects ranked in top-50 league-wide by both Corey Pronman and NHL.com. However, there’s believed to be a significant drop-off in talent after that. While Capitals management has tried to make their prospect pool deeper, they’ve still got work to do. The Caps are considered thin at center in particular, underlined by auditioning their two top wingers for a center slot.
Photo: Al Bello
Tuesday at noon, Swedish center Nicklas Backstrom will be playing in his first game since the Caps regular season ended on April 13th. Backstrom will be participating in Brynäs’s Black and White scrimmage – an exhibition that’s been held every year in Sweden since the 1970’s. Backstrom played three seasons for Brynäs as a teenager before being drafted by the Caps.
For those of you who are hockey starved, I’ve got some great news. The scrimmage will be available to be watched live online via a Brynäs stream at noon (as long as that link is not geo-protected).
Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
According to a report out of Sweden by Uffe Bodin of HockeySverige.se, the Washington Capitals have signed 2012 seventh-round pick Christian Djoos (pronounced “YO-os”) to an entry-level contract.
There’s been no official confirmation of this information from Washington or Djoos’s current club, Brynas of the SHL.
Photo: Brynas IF
The 2013-14 season was a breakout year for Capitals prospect Christian Djoos. His ice time with Brynas of SHL went up from 15:35 in the previous regular season to 17:16 this year. He scored more too, getting 13 points (a goal and 12 assists) in 47 games after just eight a year ago. Also importantly, Djoos cut down on time spent in the penalty box– four minutes as opposed to 48 last season.
Djoos took over the leading role on his team’s blue line in the postseason, logging 23:26 in the playoffs as a teenager in one of the best leagues in the world. He also had a notable performance at home World Juniors, scoring a goal and getting an assist in Sweden’s disappointing goal medal game loss.
Djoos’ increased role in the postseason could be attributed to an injury to Ryan Gunderson, a University of Vermont graduate and a Brynas’ leader on the blueline for the last three seasons. Next season, Gunderson won’t be with Brynas as he’s signed with KHL newcomer Jokerit Helsinki. That gives Djoos a chance to establish himself as an elite SHL defenseman.
The Washington Capitals have until June 1st to sign Djoos, whom they selected in the seventh round of 2012 Draft. There’s been little information on whether the Caps are interested in bringing him into the organization. It’s clear that he’s not leaving Brynas, but it’s unclear whether he’ll be on loan from a NHL club or unattached.
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