Brett Leason 2022 Report Card

Brett Leason, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Brett Leason, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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Next up on our Washington Capitals report card series is rookie Brett Leason who earlier in the week signed a two year contract extension.

With the Caps undergoing numerous injury issues last season, Leason would suit up for 36 NHL games recording three goals and three assists for six points. He also appeared in one first round playoff game against the Florida Panthers.

He also played in 31 AHL games with the Hershey Bears recording six goals and seven assists for 13 points. He also had a goal in two Calder Cup playoff games.

Leason had some good advanced stats in the regular season, per Natural Stat Trick. He had a Corsi For percentage of 52.06 percent, an Expected Goals For percentage of 53.45 percent, and a High Danger Chances For percentage of 47.71 percent.

Leason’s contract is worth a Toal of $1.55 million on a one way deal. He’ll make $750,000 next season and $800,000 in 2023-24. He was the second round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. His playoff debut came after the injury to Tom Wilson.

In the previous two seasons, Leason spent the full seasons in the AHL in Hershey. He had three goals in his first AHL season and nine goals in his second. He previously played for the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL.

Listed as six foot five, Leason is a big dude and can even bring some physicality to his game, something the Caps are looking for as they’ll be without Wilson until around Thanksgiving or January.

With Wilson out, it creates an opportunity for Leason to make the opening night roster out of training camp. But before he steps into that bigger role, let’s grade how he did last season.

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Grade B: Leason did what he needed to do and produced when he was called up. While his numbers were a little down in Hershey that just means he had more playing time in the NHL.