The Washington Capitals have assigned defenseman Karl Alzner to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Alzner, 21, is a second-year pro who stands 6’3”, 206 pounds. The Burnaby, British Columbia, native has four assists in 14 games with the Capitals this season. Alzner has played 21 games for Hershey this season and has one goal, three assists and only six penalty minutes. His +13 rating is tied for seventh in the AHL. Alzner was Washington’s first-round selection, fifth overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
COMMENT: Alzner was very good when he came up in mid December as the Caps went 9-1 in his first 10 games but he has struggled, at times, during the past 4 contests while the team went 1-3. #27 only received 12 minutes of ice time last night and at his age he needs to play at least 20 minutes a game. Part of his struggles has been the partner he has played with, he and John Erskine had an awful week. Alzner, who shoots left, played the right side of the ice with Erskine. I would have liked to have seen how he would do when paired with a better skater or paired with a right handed shot so he can play his natural left side, such as Brian Pothier who will be returning from a rib injury on Thursday against Ottawa (7pm at the Verizon Center; also on Comcast HD), but I am not the GM or coach.