Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

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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  • Jake Ettawakapow

    Snipe city top cheese baby.

  • Chris Cerullo

    I liked Ziga Jeglic the most out of any of the Slovenians not named Anze.

  • Rhino40

    If this guy is even half a Kopitar he’ll do just fine. And more depth at center is–I think–a good thing.

  • Freedoooom

    Was kinda excited thinking he was something special… I guess he probably is a lot better than Beagle.

    I really hope they start targeting Malykhin… So stupid if they allow the lack of a GM to prevent them from getting a cheap talent.

  • Fred Merc

    It doesn’t hurt to take a look.

  • Daniel

    living in Munich, I got to see him a lot this year. great player, I hope he can show the Caps what he’s made of when it matters.

  • PKLords76

    Here’s hoping he is better than Mattias Sjögren was

  • Bilal

    Try out won’t hurt at all. It would be great if he impressed at the rookie camp. I love those underdogs

  • Fred Merc

    He doesn’t look to be a very smooth skater, from that clip.

  • 70Caps

    Tom Poti for coach!

  • Eric Schulz

    He also didn’t snap the shot so much as push it.

  • Guest

    Wow. A real comment on That was a hard find.

  • 70Caps

    Wow. A real comment on That was a hard find…

  • Fedor

    Jeglic, btw, signed with Slovan Bratislava in the KHL today.

  • HockeyCoachBen

    Good eye there, both of you! The guy scored 17 points (0.5 PPG) in the 8th best league in the world. An offensive threat he isn’t.