Washington Capitals Recall Jonas Johansson from Hershey, Maxime Daigneault from South Carolina
/ Washington Capitals
Washington, D.C. – April 18, 2006 – The Washington Capitals have recalled right wing Jonas Johansson (YAH nuhz – yoh HAHN suhn) from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and goaltender Maxime Daigneault (mak SEEM – dayn YOH) from the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced.
Johansson, 22, has five goals and five assists for 10 points in 37 games for Hershey this season. The 6’3”, 215-pound second-year professional was Colorado’s first-round choice, 28th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft and was acquired by the Capitals in October of 2003, along with Bates Battaglia, in exchange for Steve Konowalchuk. Johansson is poised to make his NHL debut tonight in Tampa Bay.
Daigneault, 22, has led South Carolina to the ECHL playoffs, where they trail Gwinnett in their best-of-five first-round series two games to none. 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 once already this season, but has yet to appear in an NHL game. He will rejoin the Stingrays for Game 3 of their playoff series tomorrow night.