ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals have made their first cuts of training camp on Monday’s off day.
Washington re-assigned forwards Jake Karabela, Ryan Hofer, Haakon Hanelt and Alexander Suzdalev, as well as defensemen Dru Krebs and Simon Motew to their respective junior teams. Karabela heads to the OHL’s Guelph Storm, Hofer to the WHL’s Everett Silvertips, Hanelt to the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques, Suzdalev to the WHL’s Regina Pats, Krebs to the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers and Motew to the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers.
Karabela, Hofer and Suzdalev were 2022 NHL Draft picks. Hanelt and Krebs are 2021 selections. Motew is an undrafted free agent.
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Krebs, Hanelt, Hofer and Suzdalev also made their NHL preseason debuts in Sunday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Krebs was among the leaders in ice time, logging over 20 minutes. Hanelt and Hofer played together on the fourth line. Suzdalev skated on the second line with Connor McMichael and Anthony Mantha.
Washington’s roster now sits at 62 skaters. Hendrix Lapierre, Ludwig Persson and more are still up with the big club. The Capitals return for training camp on Tuesday. After that, the team will head to Philly for a preseason tilt with the Flyers on Wednesday.