Haar finds a home with WHL Portland

Haar finds a home with WHL Portland
July 30, 2013, 11:15 am
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Remember the story of Caps defensive prospect Garrett Haar and his quest to find a hockey team after deciding to leave Western Michigan University?

Apparently, it has reached a happy ending, or at the very least, a resolution.

Haar, taken in the seventh round [207th overall] of the 2011 NHL draft, has been traded from the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League to the Portland Winterhawks, another WHL team. In exchange Medicine receives a conditional draft pick.

“Garrett is a promising defenseman who will bring size and experience to our defensive core,” said Winterhawks general manager and head coach Mike Johnston.

“He plays a solid two-way game and we’re looking forward to having him join us this season.”

As you may recall, Haar, who will turn 20 next month, was deemed academically ineligible for the fall season at Western Michigan. During the Caps’ development camp earlier this month he decided to forgo his junior year for a chance to play in Medicine Hat, but because Canadian Hockey League rules do not allow teams to carry more than three players over the age of 19, Medicine Hat was forced to move Haar to Portland, which now has two 20-year-olds.

At 6-foot-1, 198 pounds Haar is still considered a prospect for the Capitals, but general manager George McPhee said his progress has leveled off after being one of the most promising prospects in his first development camp in 2011.

A back injury limited Haar to 22 games as a sophomore at Western Michigan last season and he posted just three goals and six assists. As a freshman he had one goal and seven assists in 36 games.