Quebecer Hendrix Lapierre failed to convince Peter Laviolette, so the Washington Capitals sent him back with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) on Monday.
Lapierre was the Capitals’ first-round pick – the 22nd overall – in the most recent National Hockey League (NHL) draft.
The center player has already totaled three goals and eight points in five games this season with the Saguenéens. However, he was cut off by Junior Team Canada during training camp for the World Junior Hockey Championship.
Lapierre was limited to two goals and 17 points in 19 games with the Saguenéens in 2019-2020 due to a problem with the cervical vertebrae after a hard check by Jakob Pelletier on November 24, 2019.
Kody Clark, Brett Leason, Garrett Pilon, Joe Snively, Riley Sutter and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby have for their part been sold to the Hershey Bears in the American League.
The Capitals start their season against the Sabers in Buffalo on Thursday.