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Capitals Recall Alexeyev After Conditioning Loan; Update On Status



Capitals defenseman Alex Alexeyev

ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals have brought Alex Alexeyev up from the AHL’s Hershey Bears following his long-term conditioning loan.

He remains on long-term injured reserve for Washington, so no subsequent moves to make space for him are needed at this time.

Alexeyev underwent shoulder surgery in June and had a recovery timeline of 4-5 months. He was skating in a non-contact jersey at informal skates and training camp. He then went down to Hershey to play some games and continue his recovery. In four games with the Bears, he picked up one assist and was a plus-1.

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The 22-year-old was an early favorite for a spot on the roster before his injury. Alexeyev went in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft (31st overall). The 6-4, 213-pound defenseman 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 owns a booming point shot.

Right now, the Capitals are without two top-pairing defensemen in John Carlson and Dmitry Orlov. Carlson is on the IR with a lower-body injury, and Orlov is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. The Washington 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), T.J. Oshie (lower-body), Connor Brown (ACL surgery), Carl Hagelin (hip surgery) and Beck Malenstyn (hand surgery).

Amid the blue line injuries, Matt Irwin has been playing. Lucas Johansen also came up from Hershey to help fill the void.

Things are starting to look up a bit, though, as Backstrom and Wilson have skated on their own and are continuing their rehabilitation — though it’s just the beginning of their recovery from major surgeries. Also, Wilson’s timeline has him pegged to return within the next two months, and Alexeyev is also already back playing games.