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Washington Capitals defense prospect Dmitry Orlov is getting another chance with the big league team. After missing his last opportunity to be called-up due to pink eye, Orlov put on a show upon returning to the Bears line-up, scoring six points in three games — including a career-high four points against St. John’s on October 19th. He leads the Bears in points. Dima’s even shooting more, putting three shots on net in his latest game against Norfolk.

Orlov has not played with the Capitals since his 60-game stint in 2010-11, which ended in Dale Hunter’s dog house after a few too many rookie mistakes.

The Capitals also have recalled pest Michael Latta, who has also been dominant since getting sent down to Hershey, tallying four points in six games. He is the team’s second leading scorer. Latta also has shown off his physical side too, dropping the mitts once and breaking a pane of glass on a bodycheck.

According to Mike Vogel, General manager George McPhee must make a corresponding roster move/s to accommodate his new toys. What do you think it/they’ll be?

UPDATE IMMEDIATELY AFTER WE PUBLISHED:

From the Caps:

Capitals Recall Michael Latta and Dmitry Orlov from Hershey

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled center Michael Latta and defenseman Dmitry Orlov from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Latta, 22, made his NHL debut against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 1. Latta played in two games for the Capitals this season, registering one shot and three hits. In six games with Hershey this season, Latta has collected four points (two goals, two assists) and 25 penalty minutes. The 6’0”, 212-pound center split last season between Milwaukee (AHL) and Hershey, registering 38 points (10 goals, 28 assists) and 198 penalty minutes in 76 games. The Kitchener, Ontario, native has registered 70 points (26 goals, 44 assists) and 325 penalty minutes in 137 career AHL regular-season games.

Orlov, 22, has earned six points (one goal, five assists) in six games with Hershey this season. The Novokuznetsk, Russia, native tallied an AHL career-high four points (one goal, three assists) on Oct. 19 in the Bears’ 4-0 win over the St. John’s IceCaps. The 5’11”, 211-pound defenseman has appeared in 65 regular-season games for the Capitals, registering 20 points (three goals, 17 assists) and 18 penalty minutes. Orlov was drafted by Washington in the second round, 55th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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  • Matt Root

    #DIMAunleashed

  • Lawrence

    About time…

  • Ben Reed

    He cannot possibly be worse than the current D, so it’s about time.

  • MuzzMuzzington

    Good to see Latta back up. Thought he should have never been sent down!

  • Josh Carey

    #BoldPrediction Dima wont miss a game in the NHL the rest of the year.

  • yv

    I have hoped that Dima’s return will help Ovi from his mini slump, instead he is out, hopefully just for today.

  • Chris Cerullo

    Dima has been freed!

  • Cody

    Yes! Looking forward to Friday’s game with Dima back on the ice!