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Capitals Recall Sami Lepisto from Hershey

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Sami Lepisto from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

 
Lepisto (SA-mee LEPIS-toh), 23, has played in 54 games for Hershey this year, posting 45 points (4 goals, 41 assists). He leads all Hershey defensemen in scoring and is tied for fourth among AHL defensemen in points. His +30 rating leads the Bears and is tied for second in the league, while his 41 assists rank third in the league for defensemen.
 
Lepisto was selected by the Capitals in the third round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, 66th overall, and becomes the fourth member of the 2004 draft class on the Washington roster (joining Alex Ovechkin, Jeff Schultz and Mike Green, who were all taken in the first round). Lepisto spent four seasons in the top professional league in Finland before making the move to the United States to play for the Bears.
 
The 6’1”, 195-pound native of Espoo, Finland, made his NHL debut on Feb. 16 and played 14:16 at Tampa Bay. He has played in seven games for the Caps this season and recorded his first NHL point, an assist to Brooks Laich, on March 14 against Atlanta.
 
Capitals Playoff Schedule Versus Philadelphia
Friday, April 11 vs. Philadelphia       7 p.m.              Comcast SportsNet, VERSUS, TSN  WJFK/WFED
Sunday, April 13 vs. Philadelphia      2 p.m.              NBC, TSN                                          WJFK/WFED
Tuesday, April 15 at Philadelphia        7 p.m.              Comcast SportsNet, VERSUS, TSN     WJFK/WFED
Thursday, April 17 at Philadelphia      7 p.m.              Comcast SportsNet, VERSUS, TSN     WJFK
*Saturday, April 19 vs. Philadelphia 1 p.m.              NBC, TSN                                          WJFK/Talk Radio 3WT
*Monday, April 21 at Philadelphia      TBD                 Comcast SportsNet, VERSUS, TSN     WJFK
*Tuesday, April 22 vs. Philadelphia TBD                Comcast SportsNet, TSN                   WJFK
*If necessary
 
Sami Lepisto’s Career Statistics
                                                                                                            Regular Season                                                                                          Playoffs
Year            Team                                 League         GP         G         A       Pts     PIM        +/-   PP   SH GW          S           GP     G     A   Pts PIM
2001-02       Jokerit Jr.                           Finland-Jr.     14          0          5          5          2           -       -       -       -           -               -       -       -       -       -
                    Jokerit U18                        Finland-U18  20          8        14        22        36           -       -       -       -           -              8      4      8    12    12
2002-03       Jokerit Jr.                           Finland-Jr.     36          5        14        19        34           -       -       -       -           -            11      1      5      6      8
2003-04       Suomi U20                        Finland-2         1          0          0          0          0           -       -       -       -           -               -       -       -       -       -
                    Jokerit                                Finland          53          3          4          7        20           -       -       -       -           -              8      0      1      1      4
                    Finland                              WJC                 7          4          4          8        10           -       -       -       -           -               -       -       -       -       -
2004-05       Jokerit                                Finland          55          7        18        25        44           -       -       -       -           -            12      1      7      8    12
2005-06       Jokerit                                Finland          56          8        21        29        68           -       -       -       -           -               -       -       -       -       -
2006-07       Jokerit                                Finland          26          1          9        10        32           -       -       -       -           -            10      2      2      4      4
2007-08       Hershey                             AHL              54          4        41        45        51      +30      0      0      1        95               -       -       -       -       -
                    CAPITALS                        NHL                7          0          1          1        12         -1      0      0      0          8               -       -       -       -       -
 
World Junior Championship All-Tournament Team (2004) • World Junior Championship Outstanding Defenseman (2004)
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