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Smallest skater in NHL history claimed off of waivers by a very unsurprising General Manager

Published February 16, 2024 at 2:18 PM
BY JOSH

Yesterday afternoon, the Washington Capitals placed forward Matthew Phillips on waivers. The Capitals intended to send the forward to their American Hockey League affiliate. Despite a promising AHL season last year, Phillips was unable to transition his production to the NHL.

Unfortunately for the Capitals, today it was announced that Phillips had been claimed off of waivers by their divisional rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh claims Matthew Phillips off waivers from Washington.




Philips, 25, is listed as just 5'7 and 140 lbs. and is regarded as the smallest skater in NHL history. In 27 games this season Philips has 1 goal and 4 assists. Being claimed by the Penguins is not a surprise as in the past Kyle Dubas has shown that he doesn't allow height or weight to deter him from a player.

It will be interesting to see if Philips can get regular time in the lineup after the injury to Jake Guentzel.
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Smallest skater in NHL history claimed off of waivers by a very unsurprising General Manager

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