Chandler Stephenson

Pat Quinn

2018-01-20

Chandler Stephenson - photo courtesy of whl.ca

 

Chandler Stephenson, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 5-11

Weight: 200

Born: 1994-04-22

Hometown: Saskatoon, SK

Drafted: 2012 by Washington Capitals, 77th Overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

January 2018 – Stephenson has looked adequate in limited role for the Capitals. With the additional signings of Chiasson and Smith-Pelly it has made Stephenson the occasional healthy scratch, as well as a bottom six player when he plays. The Capitals view him more as a third line player who can score on occasion and forcheck well, and he has not been given the opportunity to show more. In the future expect him to be in a third line role with the occasional promotion to the top two lines when injuries occur. Pat Quinn

 

April 2017 – Stephenson progressed this year in the AHL for the Bears and finally stayed healthy for a majority for the season, but his points per game dropped. He had 38 points in 72 games playing more of a depth role for the Bears, after a previous season of 28 points in 46 games, a drop off from 0.61 points per game to 0.53 points per game. His shots per game also dropped off from 1.22 to 0.90 as he really has never shot much on his own. At 23, Stephenson's time is starting to run out to become an productive NHLer, but his defensive capabilties are good enough for a depth role. Next season will be a big one for his development. Pat Quinn

 

July 2016 – Stephenson finished the year with 26 points in 46 games for the Hershey Bears, and put up zero points in his nine games for the Capitals but was rarely used on the NHL club. His improvement in skating have impressed the Capitals coaching staff, and his role as a centre for the Bears have given the Washington management a view that Stephenson can be a third to second line centre in the NHL. He still needs to work on the consistency portion of his game, as well as shooting the puck more as he looks to pass far too often. Stephenson will likely get into a few NHL games in the upcoming 2016-17 season, and has a chance to make the NHL squad, but it is more likely he will play full time in the 2017-18 season or beyond. Pat Quinn

 

Nov 2015 – Stephenson started the year playing one game in the AHL before he was called back up as Capitals coach Barry Trotz likes his game, playing him in eight games. However he has only been playing on the fourth line averaging only eight minutes of ice time, has no points, and only two shots. It is safe to say he is getting the Trotz rookie treatment, so do not expect the points to come any time soon. There is fantasy potential here but it will take a couple seasons. Pat Quinn

 

Oct 2015 – Stephenson was one of the final cuts from Capitals camp as Beagle won the third line starting position and the Caps coaching staff did not feel the best use of his skills were in a third line centre role. He will have a top six position for the Bears in the AHL where he will look to develop his offensive game in the pro leagues. Pat Quinn

 

Sept 2015 – Head Coach Barry Trotz spoke to the media telling them he told Stephenson “I think you should believe you can make this team, because you’re close” according to Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post. Stephenson has been impressive so far at Capitals training camp and during exhibition play. At the Capitals prospect tournament Stephenson centred a line featurin