The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Karl Alzner from 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 and has recorded four assists in 14 games with the Capitals this season. The Burnaby, British Columbia, native has played 27 games for Hershey this season and has one goal, five assists and only 10 penalty minutes. His +17 rating is tied for 10th in the AHL.
Alzner was Washington’s first-round selection, fifth overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and wears No. 27 for the Capitals.
COMMENT: Alzner has now played the mandatory number of games in Hershey to be eligible to be sent down during the Olympic Break. At 21 years old the Caps want Alzner playing hockey and gaining experience so he will be sent back down during the Olympic break, no doubt. Now it is up to #27 to prove that he belongs in the top six defenseman on the team. With games against the Red Wings tonight and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, King Karl has a chance to show that he belongs full time in the NHL and start making the statement that he should be on the Capitals playoff roster. The Caps are going to win the Southeast Division so these last 34 games for GM George McPhee and Head Caoch Bruce Boudreau are mostly about figuring out the Washington line-up for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.