Capitals Recall Jakub Klepis from Hershey, Assign Alexandre Giroux
/ Washington Capitals
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals have recalled center/right wing Jakub Klepis from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and assigned left wing Alexandre Giroux to Hershey, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Klepis, 22, rejoins the Capitals after being assigned to Hershey on Jan. 27. He has played 27 games with the Bears and has tallied six goals, 21 assists and a +19 rating. The 2002 first-round draft pick of the Ottawa Senators (16th overall) was acquired by Washington from Buffalo in 2004. The 6’1”, 198-pound native of Prague, Czech Republic, has seen action in 36 games with the Capitals this year and has two goals and six assists.
Giroux, 25, returns to Hershey having played nine games during five stints for the Capitals this season. The 6’3”, 201-pound native of Quebec City notched his first career NHL goal on March 16 during a 5-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs and has two goals and two assists for the Capitals this season.
Giroux has played in 57 games this season for Hershey and leads the team in scoring with 61 points (38 goals, 23 assists). A 2007 AHL All-Star Game participant, Giroux ranks third in the league in goals, 21st in points and tied for first in plus/minus rating (+30).