ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled right wing Chris Conner and goaltender Philipp Grubauer from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and re-assigned center Andre Burakovsky to Hershey, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Conner, 31, has registered 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) and 34 penalty minutes in 178 career NHL games with Arizona, Dallas, Detroit and Pittsburgh. The 5’7”, 181-pound right wing appeared in 19 games with the Penguins last season, recording five points (four goals, one assist).
Conner earned 45 points (17 goals, 28 assists) in 47 games with Hershey this season. Conner ranks second among Bears skaters in points, third in assists and tied for third in goals. In addition, he ranks tied for third in the AHL in game-winning goals (6). The Westland, Mich., native was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for February, scoring six goals, including three game-winners, and eight assists in 12 games during the month, helping the Bears to a 10-1-1-0 record in February. Conner has registered 323 points (124 goals, 199 assists) in 399 career AHL games.
Grubauer, 23, has appeared in 20 NHL games with Washington, posting a 7-6-5 record with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. The Rosenheim, Germany, native made his 2014-15 season debut on Feb. 6 against Anaheim, stopping 23 shots in the Capitals 3-2 shootout victory to earn his first win of the season. Grubauer appeared in 17 games with Washington last season and ranked eighth among NHL rookie goaltenders in saves (434) and wins (6). Grubauer represented Germany at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Minsk, Belarus, and became the second German-born goaltender in NHL history to record a victory last season (Thomas Greiss).
Grubauer posted a 23-14-4 record with six shutouts, a 2.20 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 41 games with Hershey (AHL) this season. He ranks tied for second in the AHL in shutouts (6), fourth in wins (23) and tied for eighth in goals-against average (2.20). The 6’1”, 192-pound goaltender was selected to represent the Eastern Conference at the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic in Utica, N.Y, and won the top goaltender award at the AHL All-Star Classic skills competition. Grubauer has registered a 51-36-8 record with 11 shutouts, a 2.33 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in 97 career AHL games.
Burakovsky, 20, played in 50 games with Washington this season, registering 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) and 12 penalty minutes. The Malmo, Sweden, native made his NHL debut on Oct. 9 against Montreal and scored his first NHL goal in the first period. Burakovsky became the 13th player in Capitals history to score his first NHL goal in his first NHL game and is one of just seven players in franchise history to score a goal in his NHL debut and season opener.
Burakovsky has appeared in four games with Hershey this season, earning one assist. Burakovsky made his AHL debut on Dec. 19 at Lehigh Valley. The 6’3”, 198-pound center registered 87 points (41g, 46a) in 57 games with the Erie Otters (OHL) in 2013-14. He was named the OHL Player of the Month for March after tallying 24 points (12 goals, 10 assists) in 12 games during the month and recorded a league-high plus-22 rating. Burakovsky led Erie to the best regular-season record in franchise history (52-14-2-0, 106 points) and finished the season ranked ninth in the OHL in goals (41), tied for sixth in power-play goals (15), third in game-winning goals (10) and tied for eighth in plus/minus (+46).