The Washington Capitals have recalled defensemen Karl Alzner from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Alzner, 20, has played in 27 NHL games this season, recording one goal, three assists and a +3 rating. He recorded his first NHL point Dec. 4 in a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders and recorded his first NHL goal the next game in a 2-1 victory at Toronto on Dec. 6. The 6’2”, 206-pound Burnaby, British Columbia, native is third among NHL rookies in ice time (19:46 per game).
Alzner, Washington’s first-round draft choice (fifth overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, has played in 24 games this season with Hershey, recording two goals, eight assists and a +16 rating, which is tied for 10th in the AHL.
Comment: Anyone who read my blog last night and/or regularly for that matter, knew that this was probably coming because the Caps defense was just horrible against LA plus Alzner proved he can really play at the NHL level in his previous stints with the club. With Chris Clark on the shelf and Brent Johnson going on long term injury due to a hip injury there is salary cap space to do this. I personally think Alzner is the team’s third best defensemen right now.