Urbas celebrates his goal against Austria at the Olympics. (Photo: Jeff Vinnick/HHOF-IIHF Images)
According to a report by well-known Malmo-based blogger Johan Svensson, two sources have indicated that the Washington Capitals have offered a try-out agreement to Slovenian center Jan Urbas. The native of Ljubljana is expected to participate in the Caps’ one-week rookie camp before training camp, and then a decision will be made on where he’ll play for the upcoming season.
The 25-year-old Urbas started his pro career with Andre Burakovsky’s home team, the Malmo Redhawks, and played last season with the EHC Red Bull Munchen in the top-tier German league DEL, where he scored 17 points in 38 games. Urbas was part of a sensational Slovenian Olympic team that made the quarterfinals.
Slovenia’s 4-0 win over Austria in the elimination round has been referred to as the greatest win in country’s hockey history. Urbas, 6′ 3″, 218 lbs, scored a shorthanded goal (at the 1:15 mark) in the game. He finished the Olympics with one goal and two assists.
Slovenia has produced just two NHL players: Anze Kopitar and Jan Mursak. With an impressive showing in September, Urbas will look to be the third.
Thanks to dillyboy93 for the find. Thanks to Lovisa Munter for help with translation.
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