ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Chris Brown from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and re-assigned goaltender Philipp Grubauer to Hershey, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Brown, 23, played in six games with the Phoenix Coyotes this season, collecting 17 penalty minutes. In addition, he recorded 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) and 68 penalty minutes in 51 games with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL). Last season, Brown led the Pirates and all AHL rookies in goals (29) and ranked tied for third in the AHL with 14 power-play goals. The Capitals acquired Brown and a fourth-round draft pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (along with Rostislav Klesla) from Phoenix for Martin Erat and John Mitchell on March 4.
During the 2011-12 season, Brown recorded 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) and 66 penalty minutes in 38 games with University of Michigan (CCHA), setting career highs in assists, points and penalty minutes. Brown led all Michigan rookies in 2009-10 with 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists), and led the team with seven power-play goals in 45 games. He was also named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team. Brown registered 80 points (34 goals, 46 assists) and 183 penalty minutes in 125 regular-season games during his three-year career with the Wolverines. The Flower Mound, Texas, native was the first-ever Michigan recruit from the state of Texas.
Prior to his career at Michigan, Brown played for the United States National Under-18 Team at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP). As an 18-year-old, he recorded 38 points (20 goals, 18 assists) and a team-leading 120 penalty minutes in 62 games in 2008-09 and also ranked second on the team with 10 power play goals. He helped lead Team USA to the gold medal in the 2009 IIHF Under-18 World Championship in North Dakota, collecting seven points (four goals, three assists) in seven games.
In addition, Brown also won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York, registering three points (two goals, one assist) in six games. Brown was selected by the Coyotes in the second round (36th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft.
Grubauer, 22, has appeared in 17 games with Washington this season, posting a 6-5-5 record, a 2.38 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. The Rosenheim, Germany, native earned his first NHL win on Dec. 8 against the New York Rangers and ranks fifth among NHL rookie goaltenders in saves (434). The 6’1”, 190-pound goaltender appeared in 20 games with Hershey this season, posting an 11-8-1 record with two shutouts, a 2.71 GAA and a .909 save percentage. In 48 career AHL games, Grubauer has posted a 26-17-3 record with four shutouts, a 2.45 GAA and a .915 save percentage.