Washington, D.C. – April 21, 2006 –
The Washington Capitals have assigned defenseman Jeff Schultz
to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and have assigned goaltender Maxime Daigneault from South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL to the Hershey Bears, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced.
Schultz, 20, has spent four seasons with the Calgary Hitmen in the Western Hockey League (WHL). He posted the best season of his career this year, recording 40 points (seven goals, 33 assists) in 68 games. Schultz was tied for fourth on the team and tied for first among defensemen in points. Schultz played in 13 playoff games for the Hitmen, helping Calgary to the Eastern Conference semifinal series before falling to the Moose Jaw Warriors in the seventh and deciding game on Wednesday. He scored four goals – including two power-play goals – and assisted on six others (10 points), tied for second on the team in postseason points.
Schultz has posted 22 goals and 85 assists (107 points) in his 262-game WHL career and did not miss a game in the previous two seasons. The 6’6”, 212-pound native of Calgary, Alberta, was the second of three Capitals first-round picks in 2004 (27th overall), along with Alex Ovechkin
(first) and Mike Green
Daigneault, 22, helped lead South Carolina to the ECHL playoffs, where they lost to Gwinnett in three games of their best-of-five second-round series. Daigneault played 38 regular-season games for the Stingrays, posting a .906 save percentage and a 3.23 goals-against average. The 6’3”, 205-pound St-Jacques-le-Mineur, Quebec, native also made three appearances in Hershey, recording a .909 save percentage and a 2.21 goals-against average. Daigneault, the Capitals’ second-round choice, 59th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft, was recalled to the Capitals twice this season, but has yet to appear in an NHL game.
Schultz will report to Norfolk to join Hershey for Games 2 and 3 of its first-round playoff series against Norfolk, tonight and tomorrow. The Bears have a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series after a 3-2 win in Hershey Wednesday night. Daigneault will join the team in Hershey on Sunday.