After completing a conditioning stint in the minor leagues, Alexander Alexeyev is ready to return to the NHL. The Washington Capitals have activated the young defenseman off of injured reserve, while loaning Lucas Johansen to the Hershey Bears to make room.
It’s a swap of first-rounders for the Capitals, as 2018 comes in to replace 2016 on the roster. Neither one has been able to become a regular at the NHL level, with Johansen playing just two games for the Capitals since being selected 28th overall and Alexeyev making his lone appearance last season. Still, there is a little bit of optimism surrounding the 22-year-old Alexeyev, who should get a chance to secure a spot with the club starting tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In 68 games for Hershey last season, the 6’4″ defenseman recorded one goal and 19 points. He had one assist during his conditioning stint, which lasted four games. Notably, Johansen had already cleared waivers at the start of the season (and in previous years), while Alexeyev would have been at risk of a claim had they tried to give him more time in the minor leagues.