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 announced Friday morning that they have recalled The Big Tuna, Liam O’Brien, from AHL Hershey. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and weighing 215 pounds, the enforcer has turned himself more into a finisher at the AHL level this season, tallying 18 points in 28 games and nine points in his last eight games. He’s only dropped the gloves two times this season.
This is not the tonguing O’Brien’s first stint in Washington. The forward (who resembles WWE’s Sheamus) played in 13 games during the 2014-15 season, tallying a goal and an assist. But he drove play big time, tallying a 54.9 shot attempt percentage and a +3.9 relative shot attempt percentage.
Without an extra forward available after sending down Jakub Vrana earlier in the week, the team decided it wanted insurance ahead of their road trip in Ottawa and Montreal.
The Hershey Bears were able to snap their three-game skid Wednesday night in Utica, beating the Comets 4-2. Capitals prospect Nathan Walker scored two goals, including the game-winning tally. Recent ECHL call-up Domenic Monardo added two assists.
The Bears’ first goal was scored by Liam O’Brien on a fire drill in front of the net.Hershey would increase their lead later in the period on a Chris Bourque five-on-three power play goal with assists from Paul Carey and Jakub Vrana.
The assist marked Carey’s 12th point of the year in 13 games. Vrana’s assist would bring his season point total to ten. Walker now has four goals and four assists on the year. Bears Goalie Joe Cannata stopped a total of 19 shots against his former team.
For the purpose of this series, a prospect will be defined as an under-25 player in the Capitals system who was not on the team’s roster for the majority of last season. This allows us to focus on guys who many know little about. You will not see Stan Galiev, Philipp Grubauer, or Andre Burakovsky among others in this list.
The Washington Capitals have 28 prospects in their system who match the criteria set above. Below are those ranked 11 through 28.
Photo: Kyle Mace
The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins are currently engaged in a brutal playoff series, which has featured multiple head shots and two suspensions. Meanwhile, in the American Hockey League, the two organizations’ farm teams are playing each other and things have gotten feisty as well.
Monday during Game Four, Hershey Bears and WBS Penguins players almost brawled during warm-ups, trash talking each other at center ice. According to Chocolate Hockey’s Kyle Mace, Penguins’ forward Tom Sestito tripped Liam O’Brien, looking for a fight. After the game, the rivalry spilled onto social media, with O’Brien verbally eviscerating Sestito on Twitter.
Over the last two days, the DC Blizzard dropped two feet of snow in the district and three feet in surrounding areas. The snow forced the cancellation of both Caps’ home games this weekend including tilts against the Ducks and Penguins. That leaves the Caps in a really weird stretch, where they’ll only play one game in 14 days.
Without hockey, the players spent time with their families and messing around on social media. I went ahead and documented it all.
Photo credit: ARLnow
If there’s one thing hockey players like it’s pasta. For eight years, Capitals players flocked to the Vapiano on Wilson Boulevard, just a few blocks away from Kettler. At the end of June, however, the German-owned chain closed down its Arlington location. Upon hearing the news, Liam O’Brien, who skated 13 games with the Capitals last season, was crushed.
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