Siegenthaler is expected to draw into the lineup Thursday against the Hurricanes, Chris Kuc of The Athletic reports. Siegenthaler is expected to start on the third pairing with Brooks Orpik, replacing a beleaguered Christian Djoos, who has looked out of sorts in the first three games of Round One. The 21-year-old defender has an opportunity to cement himself as an everyday NHL player, but his lack of offensive production (four assists in 26 games) doesn't suggest a great deal of fantasy upside.
Siegenthaler was called up from AHL Hershey on Wednesday. Expect to see a lot more of Siegenthaler at the top level with Michal Kempny (hamstring) out 4-6 months. The rookie has fashioned four assists to complement a plus-7 rating through 25 NHL games.
Siegenthaler was recalled from AHL Hershey on Monday. The decision to promote Siegenthaler, 21, comes as Michal Kempny (leg) awaits word on the severity of his injury. The 21-year-old blueliner has four points in 25 NHL games this season, and six more at the AHL level, in 34 appearances. From a fantasy standpoint, Siegenthaler's lack of production at both levels makes this an ignorable transaction.
Washington reassigned Siegenthaler to AHL Hershey on Friday. The Capitals recalled Christian Djoos (thigh) from his AHL conditioning stint in a corresponding move, so they're no longer in need of Siegenthaler's services as an extra blueliner. The 21-year-old rookie will return to a prominent role with Hershey, where he's posted two assists in 14 appearances this campaign.
Siegenthaler joined Washington for practice Thursday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports, indicating he was promoted from the minors. Siegenthaler's demotion was always going to be temporary, as the club wanted to get him some additional ice time in the minors during the All-Star break. The defenseman will push Madison Bowey for minutes, though Siegenthaler could find himself back with AHL Hershey once Christian Djoos (thigh) is activated off injured reserve.
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