Caps look to rebound against Tampa
Back when the Capitals sent defenseman Connor Carrick to the Hershey Bears after just three games, Caps coach Adam Oates said he expected to see the 19-year-old rookie again.
It could come as soon as Thursday night in Tampa when the Capitals face off against the Lightning at Tampa Bay Times Forum [7:30 p.m., CSN].
Carrick was recalled by the Capitals on Wednesday and joined them on their charter flight to Tampa.
Carrick has not played since Jan. 2, when the U.S. Under-20 team lost to Russia in the quarterfinal game of the World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden. Carrick earned Player of the Game in Team USA’s 5-3 loss and finished the tournament with three assists in five games.
His return trip to Harrisburg, Pa., was pretty eventful, according to the Patriot News’ Tim Leone.
If Carrick, a right-handed shot, plays against the Lightning he is expected to take Steve Oleksy’s spot on a third pairing with John Erskine. The Caps made room for Carrick by placing defenseman Alex Urbom on waivers.
Urbom was claimed by the New Jersey Devils just before noon on Wednesday and was assigned to the AHL Albany River Rats. In 20 games for the Capitals, Urbom, 23, recorded one goal, one assist and was a plus-1 while averaging 14:36 in ice time.
In three games for the Capitals to start the season Carrick had one goal and was a minus-2 while averaging 13:37 in ice time.
Taken by the Caps in the fifth round [137th overall] of the 2012 NHL draft, Carrick made his NHL debut against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 1 at UnitedCenter and became the seventh youngest Capitals player and third youngest Capitals defenseman to score a goal in the NHL at 19 years and 173 days old.