Capitals Recall Beck Malenstyn Amid Brown Injury, Kuznetsov Suspension
ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals have recalled Beck Malenstyn from the AHL’s Hershey Bears as the team deals with a number of upcoming absences.
Connor Brown suffered a severe-looking lower-body injury in the Capitals win over the Canucks on Monday after taking a hard hit along the boards from Noah Juulsen. He appeared to grab at his right leg and wasn’t putting any weight on it as he went to the bench and immediately went down the tunnel. He did not return to the game and didn’t practice, as he was still being evaluated on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the team will also be without Evgeny Kuznetsov, who will serve his one-game suspension on Thursday when Washington takes on the Ottawa Senators. Kuznetsov is sitting one game for high-sticking Kyle Burroughs in the face on Monday.
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Washington also has Connor McMichael and Joe Snively as the extra skaters, who are likely to draw against Ottawa.
In his call-up last season, Malenstyn led the team in hits for the duration of his stay and also picked up his first NHL goal. He is a hard-hitting, gritty forward that can fit in well in a fourth line role. The 6-3 winger is also a proven penalty killer.