Stephenson filed for salary arbitration Friday, Brian McNally of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Stephenson appeared in 64 games last season for the Caps, logging five goals and six assists along with a disappointing minus-13 ice rating. The Canadian's qualifying offer from Washington was $715,000. If both sides reach a deal at or before the arbitration hearing and Stephenson remains with the team, he'll likely be limited to a depth role in 2019-20.
Stephenson was given a qualifying offer on Tuesday.
Stephenson had a lackluster season with the Capitals, with just five goals and 11 points -- along with an abysmal minus-13 rating -- in 64 games. The 25-year-old will face competition for a depth role should he remain with the Capitals in 2019-20.
Stephenson will center the fourth line Thursday against the Flyers, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Stephenson has been a healthy scratch during Washington's recent win streak that was ultimately snapped by the Penguins on Tuesday. With only five goals and 10 points in 55 games, the 24-year-old forward will struggle to receive consistent ice time in Washington's crowded bottom six now that Carl Hagelin is in town, so Stephenson carries very little fantasy value.
Stephenson has failed to register a single point in his last 10 games.
Stephenson's cold streak has relegated him to the fringes of Washington's roster now that Carl Hagelin is around to challenge him for bottom-six minutes. The 24-year-old forward is a useful penalty killer, but he offers precious little to fantasy owners now that he's at risk of inconsistent playing time.
Stephenson skated alongside Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie during Thursday's practice, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Stephenson will get a brief promotion for Friday's home game against the Flames while Alex Ovechkin serves his one-game suspension for missing the All-Star Game. The 24-year-old winger will be back in the bottom six before long, but his prominent short-term role may appeal to those playing daily formats, where his bargain price tag may be worth the risk.
Stephenson has just three goals and seven shots in his last 14 games.
Stephenson has been a serviceable bottom-six forward in his fourth season with the Capitals, tallying five goals and nine points in 40 games. The 24-year-old could get pushed for ice time if the Capitals can stay healthy -- therefore his fantasy upside remains murky even in deeper formats.
Stephenson registered a goal during Thursday's 3-1 win over the Hurricanes.
Stephenson has two goals in his last three contests and is up to four goals and eight points in 34 games -- on pace to match his 18-point campaign from a season ago. His versatility and two-way acumen are a welcome addition to the Capitals, but his fantasy value remains limited by a lack of offensive production and opportunity.
Stephenson opened the scoring in a 2-1 victory against the Sabres on Friday.
The 24-year-old was hoping to break out this season, but that hasn't happened through nearly the first half of 2018-19. He had just two points in the previous 12 games coming into Friday, and overall, Stephenson has three goals and seven points in 32 contests. He doesn't have much value outside of dynasty leagues.
Stephenson tallied a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating during Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Ducks.
The points are Stephenson's first in six games and have him on track to post 19 points and a dismal minus-22 rating this season. The 24-year-old is a useful role player for the Capitals but has very limited fantasy value even in deeper leagues.
Stephenson tallied an assist and a minus-1 rating in 12:55 of ice time during Friday's 3-2 overtime win against the Avalanche.
With the helper, Stephenson ends a seven-game scoring drought, but he still has just a goal and three points in his last 15 games. The 24-year-old forward's speed and versatility keep him in the Caps lineup, but his lack of production relegates his fantasy value to the deepest of leagues.
Stephenson skated on the second line during Monday's morning skate, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Stephenson, who has one goal and three points in 12 games thus far, occupied the left wing spot alongside Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie which could give his short-term fantasy value a significant boost. If you're in a deeper league or looking for a potential sleeper in daily formats, the 24-year-old forward might be worth a look.
Stephenson will start alongside Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov during Saturday's showdown against the Maple Leafs, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
The move is a potential windfall for Stephenson's production, having managed just one assist and a minus-3 rating while averaging 12:09 in ice time thus far in 2018-19. The 24-year-old last played with the dynamic Russian duo in Game 6 of Round 2 against the Penguins in the spring but had an uneventful performance. With Tom Wilson (suspension) sidelined for another 15 games and Kuznetsov needing aid in the faceoff dot, the 77th overall pick from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft could get an extended look in the top-six if he can produce, which would significantly boost his value across all formats. At a minimum, Stephenson is worth a look as a value proposition in daily formats.
Stephenson recorded an assist in 12:35 of ice time during Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Blues.
Stephenson is slated to open the season on the fourth line with Nic Dowd and Devante Smith-Pelly. The 23-year-old winger is a useful utility player for the Capitals but will need to carve out a more significant offensive role to have much fantasy value in 2018-19.
Stephenson scored a short-handed goal and added an assist in Monday's 6-3 win over the Blue Jackets in Game 6.
After being held off the scoresheet entirely through the first four games of the series, Stephenson has broken through for back-to-back two-point nights to help put the Caps through to the second round. The 24-year-old had only six goals and 18 points during the regular season, but skating on a line with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie could make Stephenson an intriguing fantasy sleeper against the Penguins if he can hang onto the assignment.
Stephenson, who continued to skate on the second line in place of Andre Burakovsky (upper body), picked up two assists in a 4-3, Game 5 overtime win over Columbus on Saturday afternoon.
Burakovsky is out for the rest of the series, so Stephenson will likely continue to with the plum role on line two for as long as the Caps face the Jackets. The helpers were Stephenson's first career playoff points.
Stephenson tallied a goal during Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Flyers.
Stephenson has a goal and an assist over his last three games to give him 17 points in 57 games on the season. While his numbers are perfectly adequate for a rookie winger who does not garner consistent ice time, fantasy owners in standard formats should steer clear until he carves out a more meaningful offensive role.
Stephenson recorded an assist and a plus-1 rating during Saturday's 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
The apple should help Stephenson move on from a disappointing February in which he managed just two points and nine total shots while averaging 12:06 of ice time in 14 contests. Without a meaningful offensive role, the 23-year-old forward will struggle to maintain much fantasy value even in deeper formats.
Stephenson scored two goals with a plus-1 rating in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Flyers.
It's his first career two-goal game, and the performance doubled his total on the year. While he's flashed some offensive upside with AHL Hershey, scoring 15 goals and 44 points in 78 games over the last two seasons, Stephenson has yet to get the ice time or linemates he'd need to show whether he can make a similar contribution for the Caps.
Stephenson (illness) participated in line rushes during morning skate, indicating he'll be in the lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Devils, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
The rookie winger will occupy a bottom-six role against New Jersey, skating with Jay Beagle and Alex Chiasson on the Capitals' fourth line. Stephenson's been a solid source of secondary scoring for Washington this season, notching two goals and nine points in 27 games, but he's still not worth owning in most season-long fantasy formats.
Stephenson (illness) is now doubtful for Thursday evening's game against the Bruins, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Stephenson has been under the weather, though he did take to the ice for morning skate Thursday, which fueled speculation that he'd be ready for the evening's home contest. Either way, we doubt fantasy owners have been putting much stock in a guy who's been averaging only 12:19 of ice time as a rookie. Expect Saturday's home game against the Devils to be a more realistic return target for Stephenson.
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