– The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Patrick McNeill
from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
McNeill, 23, registered 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists) and 16 penalty minutes in 26 games with the Bears this season. The 6’0, 198-pound defenseman has played in 182 career AHL games with Hershey and could make his NHL debut tonight as the Capitals play against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.
McNeill collected 35 points (8 goals, 27 assists) in 62 games with Hershey last season, almost doubling his point total from the previous season. His 27 assists and 35 points ranked second on the team among defensemen behind John Carlson
. In addition, McNeill registered six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in 11 playoff games to help Hershey win the Calder Cup.
McNeill, who wears No. 46 with the Capitals, was Washington’s fourth-round choice (118th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.