Capitals recall Alexeyev after conditional loan; Status Update

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ARLINGTON, VA – The Washington Capitals brought in Alex Alexeyev from the AHL Hershey Bear following its long-term conditional loan.

He remains on long-term casualty reserve for Washington, so no further movement to make room for him is necessary at this time.

Alexeyev underwent shoulder surgery in June and had a payback period of 4 to 5 months. He skated in a non-contact jersey during informal skates and training camp. He then moved down to Hershey to play a few games and continue his recovery. In four games with the Bears, he had one assist and was plus-1.

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The 22-year-old was an early favorite for a roster spot before his injury. Alexeyev was in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft (31st overall). The 6-foot-4, 213-pound defender is a big body who uses his size to his advantage and is also a strong skater with great mobility. He can also contribute offensively and has a booming shot.

The Capitals are currently without two top defensemen in John Carlson and Dmitry Orlov. Carlson is on IR with a lower body injury, and Orlov is day to day with a lower body injury. Washington’s injured list currently sits at 9 with Alexeyev coming up. In addition to Carlson, Orlov and Alexeyev, the Capitals are missing Nicklas Backstrom (hip resurfacing surgery), Tom Wilson (ACL surgery), TJ Oshie (lower body), Connor Brown (ACL surgery), Carl Hagelin (hip surgery) and Beck Malenstyn (hand surgery).

Amid the blue line injuries, Matt Irwin played. Lucas Johansen also came from Hershey to help fill the void.

Things are starting to look up a bit, however, as Backstrom and Wilson skated alone and continue their rehabilitation – even if it is only the beginning of their recovery after major surgeries. Also, Wilson’s timeline forces him to return in the next two months, and Alexeyev is also already back to play games.

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