WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington Capitals goaltender Clay Stevenson will be out 4-6 weeks after undergoing hand surgery, the team announced Saturday.
The Capitals announced that the 23-year-old netminder underwent a successful procedure to address an injury in his right hand. It is unclear what the injury was or when it occurred.
Stevenson spent his offseason training and also attended Washington’s development and rookie camps before training camp. He has been taking part in training camp but did not get a preseason game in. He was one of six goaltenders on the roster to open camp. Washington has three left at camp: Zach Fucale, Darcy Kuemper and Charlie Lindgren. Stevenson is hurt, and Hunter Shepard and Garin Bjorklund were assigned to the AHL’s Hershey Bears.
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Stevenson signed a two-year, entry-level deal with the Capitals back in March following a standout season with Dartmouth that saw him post a .922 save percentage and 2.70 GAA through 23 games.
“It’s very open communication here, which was one thing I really liked in my pursuit of teams,” Stevenson said of his deal. “They see and just want the best for me, and it’s great to come out here and work every day.”
Stevenson will likely get time in the AHL with Hershey this season as he continues his development. However, the recovery may also require some time in the ECHL with the South Carolina Stingrays. In the meantime, it looks like Shepard and Bjorklund will make up the goaltending tandem at Hershey’s training camp until Fucale, the No. 1, returns for the start of the campaign.