Monday afternoon, three hours after Marcus Johansson was named the NHL’s second start of the week, Capitals prospect Christian Djoos was named the AHL’s Player of the Month for March.
The Bears defenseman posted 16 points in 13 March games, tallying assists in nine of those games. Djoos also posted a career-high four points (two goals, two assists) March 17 against Hartford.
While no one ever doubted the 2012 seventh round pick could play, Djoos’ size — he’s generously listed as six-foot, 161 pounds — was supposed to limit the prospect as he climbed the ranks. Instead, the 22-year-old is playing great hockey and forcing his way into the NHL team’s plans. Djoos earned a call-up in late January. NHL games could be possible next season.