TJ Oshie was held out of the Caps lineup Monday night against Montreal after suffering an injury Saturday against Ottawa. Oshie appeared to injure his left shoulder again as Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf checked him in the neutral zone. Later, Phaneuf ended Oshie’s night for good after cross-checking him in the small of the back. Barry Trotz called the injury day-to-day. Oshie participated in the Capitals’ morning skate Monday, but did not play that night, allowing prospect Liam O’Brien to make his season debut.
Well it sure looks like Oshie will be returning to the lineup tomorrow night against Pittsburgh. The Capitals just announced on their off day that they have re-assigned forwards Paul Carey and O’Brien back to AHL Hershey.
The roster leaves the Capitals with 12 forwards on the roster. Unless the Caps make a corresponding roster move (or play Nate Schmidt at forward), Osh Babe is back, baby.
The Washington Capitals have re-assigned forwards Paul Carey and Liam O’Brien to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Carey, 28, made his 2016-17 season debut with the Capitals on Nov. 20 against Columbus and skated in three games with Washington this season. The 6’1”, 198-pound forward appeared in four games with the Capitals last season and scored the game-tying goal in the third period on Feb. 6 at New Jersey, marking his first NHL goal. Carey was selected by Colorado in the fifth round, 135th overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft and has registered two points (1g, 1a) in 29 career NHL games with Colorado and Washington.
Carey has registered 25 points (10g, 15a) in 28 games with the Hershey Bears this season and ranks tied for second on the team in goals, third in points and fifth in assists. In addition, Carey recorded a 19-game point streak from Oct. 26 to Dec. 26 (8g, 14a), marking the longest point streak in the AHL this season and tied for the third-longest point streak in Hershey history. Only Alexandre Giroux (2008-09: 23) and Wes Jarvis (1981-82: 20) recorded longer points streaks for the Bears. He has earned 152 points (65g, 87a) in 260 career AHL games with Lake Erie, Providence and Hershey.
O’Brien, 22, made his season debut with Washington on Jan. 9 at Montreal and has registered two points (one goal, one assist) in 14 career games with the Capitals. The 6’1”, 215-pound forward made his NHL debut on Oct. 9, 2014 against Montreal and earned his first NHL point with an assist on Oct. 14, 2014 against San Jose. O’Brien scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 26, 2014 at Vancouver. He signed with Washington as a free agent on Oct. 6, 2014.
O’Brien has recorded 18 points (5g, 13a) in 28 games with Hershey this season and ranks third on the team in penalty minutes (48), sixth in assists and seventh in points. O’Brien recorded a career-high three points (2g, 1a) on Dec. 30 against Bridgeport and has registered five multi-point games this season. Last season, he set career highs in goals (7), assists (9), points (16) and games played (59). The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native has earned 42 points (16g, 26a) in 132 career AHL games with Hershey.
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