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.