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Prospect Report: Will Tyler Lewington make his AHL debut?

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Prospect Report: Will Tyler Lewington make his AHL debut?

Hershey update: 10-5-0-3, 3rd in the Atlantic Division. Last week: 3-0-0-0

Defenseman Tyler Lewington was recalled to Hershey from the South Carolina Stingrays on Wednesday as Garrett Mitchell joined the growing list of injured Bears.

Lewington has not played in the AHL before. In 12 games in the ECHL, he has one goal, two assists and 12 penalty minutes.

Connor Carrick scored one of the biggest goals in what was a very good week for the Bears.

In their game Friday against Portland, Hershey was trying to kill a double-minor penalty late in the game to keep the score tied. Instead of forcing overtime, however, Carrick was able to score the shorthanded game-winner with just 14.8 seconds left.

It looked like he was looking for a deflection as he just floated the puck from the blue line into traffic, but it somehow found its way into the back of the net.

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All eyes in Australia are on the Sydney native Nathan Walker as he continues his quest to be the first Australian to play in the NHL. Walker has two goals and two assists this season.

Forward Chris Brown was recalled by the Caps on Thursday after completing his conditioning assignment. He recorded one goal and one assist in his five games in the AHL.

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Other prospect notes:

After missing the last five games, Connor Hobbs returned for the Regina Pats and scored two goals and two assists in four games. His two-goal performance on Wednesday was his first multi-goal game.

Hobbs also racked up the penalty minutes. In Saturday's game against Prince Albert, Hobbs was laid out by a solid shoulder check as skated up the ice. As he was just returning from a concussion, Hobbs took exception to the hit and dropped the gloves.

Hobbs was issued two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting and an additional 10-minute misconduct.

Unfortunately, Hobbs was not joined by fellow Caps prospect Colby Williams on the ice. An offseason injury kept Williams out of the lineup until Nov. 13, but his return lasted only three games. Williams has missed the past four games due to an injury "that is separate from the one that kept him out earlier this year," according to Regina play-by-play announcer Phil Andrews.

Kevin Elgestal was loaned from Frolunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League to HC Vita Hästen of the HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden’s second-tier league. In his first two games with his new team, he recorded two goals and an assist.

Ilya Samsonov started for Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Saturday against Lada, his first start since Oct. 28. He stopped 23 of 25 shots faced to help lead the team to a 3-2 win.

Thomas DiPauli continues to set the offensive pace for Notre Dame. With one goal this week, he is tied for the team lead in goals (5) and in points (12).

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Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

When the Capitals acquired defenseman Michal Kempny on Monday, that put the team at the maximum of 23 players on the roster including eight defenseman.

Another move seemed likely and the Caps made it on Tuesday by placing veteran blueliner Taylor Chorney on waivers.

Teams now will have 24 hours to potentially claim Chorney. Should he clear at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, it is expected that he will be sent to the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Whether he is claimed or sent to Hershey, his entire $800,000 cap hit will no longer count against the Capitals' salary.

One important thing to note, however, is that placing Chorney on waivers was not required in order for Washington to remain under the salary cap.

Having eight defensemen would mean scratching two every game — assuming the team does not dress seven and after that failed experiment in last year's playoffs, why would they — which means it would be a struggle to make sure everyone gets consistent playing time in the final weeks of the season.

Perhaps placing Chorney on waivers is the team trying to get him more playing time to keep him sharp in case the team suffers injuries on the blue line and he is called upon in the playoffs.

Or perhaps it could mean something else.

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Chorney played on Feb. 15, but that was during the mentor's trip. Barry Trotz's policy for those trips is to get everyone in at least one of those two games. Before that, Chorney had not played since Jan. 2. It certainly seems like the team was comfortable with him being the designated No. 7 and was not all that concerned about getting him regular playing time before now.

When asked if the Kempny trade would mean any roster moves, Trotz said Monday that he was not sure and hinted that perhaps more moves could be coming from general manager Brian MacLellan. Moving Chorney's salary off the books does not clear much cap room, but it does clear some.

Perhaps MacLellan has another move up his sleeve before Monday's trade deadline.

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Michal Kempny excited to move from last place Chicago to first place Caps

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Michal Kempny excited to move from last place Chicago to first place Caps

On Sunday, Michal Kempny was a defenseman struggling for a spot in the lineup for a team poised to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008. On Monday, he became potentially an important piece on the roster of the first place Capitals.

The last few days have been quite the whirlwind for Kempny who tallied an assist for Chicago on Saturday in a 7-1 blowout against what is now his current team. While the Blackhawks may have gotten the better of Washington that night, Kempny is excited about the postseason opportunity that now lies in front of him.

"Nobody knows what's happening in Chicago, but I'm really happy and I'm really glad that I can be here," Kempny told reporters on Tuesday after his first skate with the team. "There is option of play a playoff and I'm very happy for it."

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The 27-year-old Czech defenseman played only 31 games for the Blackhawks this season, but considering Washington's need to shore up its defense before the trade deadline and the team's willingness to give up a third-round pick to acquire him, it is likely he will have a much more significant role with the Caps.

"I thought that I [was] going to get more space on the ice and more ice time, but I didn't play more than half games," Kempny said of his decision to originally sign with Chicago. "But now I'm here and I'm really glad that I'm here. Washington is amazing city and great organization and I hope I will get a chance to access myself on the ice more than in Chicago."

Kempny will not play in Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but did say he expects to play Thursday when the team visits the Florida Panthers.

When he does get into the lineup, it is unclear just how big a role he will play initially or how the team foresees utilizing him going forward. He is a left-shot defenseman and did tell reporters he prefers to play on that side. It seems unlikely the team would acquire him just to put him on his offside.

As of now, however, everything regarding his role in Washington is up on the air.

"I need everything settle down a little bit," he said. "New teammates, new people around here."

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