WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Jeff Schultz from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Schultz, 20, is in his first professional season. The 6’6”, 224-pound native of Calgary, Alberta, shares the Bears’ team lead with 20 games played, recording two assists, a +4 rating and 14 penalty minutes. He will be available and poised to make his NHL debut in tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres at Verizon Center (8 p.m.; Comcast SportsNet; WTNT-AM 570).
Schultz, who spent four years with the Calgary Hitmen in the Western Hockey League, was a first-round draft pick of the Capitals in 2004 (27th overall). He made his professional debut during Hershey’s Calder Cup playoff run last spring, posting a goal in his first professional game.