The Washington Capitals took a surprising move on Thursday claiming the defender Dennis Cholowski Disclaimers from the Seattle Kraken Extension.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman was the first to cover the news.
WASH claims Cholowski
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 14, 2021
Cholowski is a 23-year-old, left-firing rearguard selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round in 2016. The defender moving the puck has 27 points (10g, 17a) in 104 career games. Cholowski spent portions of three years in Detroit, where he saw his games decrease from season to season (52, 36, 16).
Cholowski was cut off from the Kraken in her defense at the NHL level due to a numbers game.
With Cholowski, the Capitals currently have four left-handed defenders in their squad, including Dmitry Orlov, Martin Fehervary and Matt Irwin. Trevor van Riemsdyk is currently playing on the left side of the team’s second pair but shoots to the right. In total, the team now carries eight defenders.
After the announcement of the claim, the Capitals sent Beck Malenstyn to the Hershey Bears and gave the team there an extra: Connor McMichael.
NEWS | The Capitals have called for defense attorney Dennis Cholowski from the Seattle Kraken’s waivers and loaned striker Beck Malenstyn to the Hershey Bears. Https://t.co/tu2zXVOJDQ
– Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 14, 2021
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Capitals claim defender Dennis Cholowski
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have demanded defense attorney Dennis Cholowski from Seattle Kraken waivers and loaned forward Beck Malenstyn to the Hershey Bears (AHL), Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
The 23-year-old Cholowski was previously selected by Seattle in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. Cholowski was selected by Detroit in the first round, 20th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.
The 6’2 “, 197-pound defender appeared in 16 games for Detroit last season, scooping three points (1g, 2a).
Born in Langley, British Columbia, he has 27 points (10g, 17a) in 104 career games with Detroit.
In 69 career games in the AHL at the Grand Rapids Griffins, Cholowski has scored 35 points (6g, 29a), including 10 points (3g, 7a) in 13 games last season.
The 23-year-old Malenstyn missed the 2020/21 season due to an injury. In 120 career games with the Hershey Bears, the 6’3 “, 200-pound forward has scored 31 points (14g, 17a).