Capitals make final roster cuts, place Brett Leason, Henrik Borgstrom, Lucas Johansen, and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby on waivers

The Washington Capitals have made the final cuts to their preseason roster in preparation for Wednesday evening’s Home Opener towards the Boston Bruins. Brett Leason, Henrik Borgstrom, Lucas Johansen, and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby have all been positioned on waivers.

The information used to be introduced via the Capitals on Sunday afternoon.

With the cuts, Peter Laviolette and his body of workers will cross with 14 forwards, seven defensemen, and two goaltenders on their final 23-man roster.

“I don’t take it lightly,” Laviolette stated Sunday. “For a guy who was sent down every year, I understand exactly what they’re going through. Sometimes you don’t understand, but I do. The conversations are real and emotions are real. I understand that. Nowadays, for the most part, everybody works really hard to try and attain their goal. When you’re close, you can feel that. That’s real.”

If all 4 gamers make it thru waivers with out being claimed via every other NHL workforce, they’ll head to the AHL’s Hershey Bears. Hershey began their Training Camp underneath new head trainer Todd Nelson final week.

Leason signed a two-year, one-way contract with the Capitals this previous June after finishing his entry-level contract and changing into a limited unfastened agent. The 23-year-old winger used to be a second-round select of the Capitals within the 2019 NHL Draft and ended up taking part in in 36 video games (3g, 3a) for the Caps in his rookie season final yr.

Borgstrom signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Caps in July on the primary day of NHL unfastened company. He scored seven issues (4g, 3a) in 52 video games final season for the Chicago Blackhawks, however used to be purchased out via Chicago to start with levels of the offseason.

Johansen signed a two-year contract with the Caps in early July after making his NHL debut within the season prior. Johansen, the more youthful brother of the Predators’ Ryan Johansen, used to be the final participant decided on within the first around of the 2016 NHL Draft to play an NHL sport. The late-blooming defensemen used to be beat out in camp via unfastened agent acquisition Erik Gustafsson and Matt Irwin.

Jonsson-Fjallby in the end caught in DC final season after a bizarre, very quick stint with the Buffalo Sabres. The Capitals re-claimed AJF and he tallied 4 issues (2g, 2a) in 23 NHL video games in 2021-22.

The 4 ended up on waivers after Aliaksei Protas, Joe Snively, and Connor McMichael all inspired the training body of workers sufficient to earn the Capitals’ final few NHL roster spots.

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