Caps prospect watch: Barber's scoring, but the Bears are not

Well, the good news is that Hershey snapped its losing streak. The bad news is they still have lost 11 of 12.

The biggest issue by far of late hs been the team's inability to score. One player who has not been having any trouble, however, is Riley Barber.

In the Bears' three games this week, Barber scored four goals bringing his season total up to a team-high 16. That puts him just 10 goals shy of his career high of 26 with 28 games left in the season.

That's a very attainable number, especially considering he and Travis Boyd will likely become the offensive focal point of the team with Chris Bourque headed to the Olympics.


Other prospect notes:

  • Liam O'Brien did not play in any of Hershey's three games over the week. He is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Lucas Johansen is teaming up with his brother, Ryan, in a new three-year partnership with the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation to lend their names to the Foundation's annual charity golf classic. The Ryan and Lucas Johansen Charity Golf Classic will be held July 10  at the Swaneset Golf and Country Club in British Columbia.
  • Goalie Adam Carlson was reassigned from the South Carolina Stingrays to the Indy Fuel, another ECHL team. He played two periods in his debut on Friday against the Wheeling Nailers, stopping 20 of the 25 shots he faced.
  • Garrett Pilon scored a career-high four points (2 goals, 2 assists) Saturday to help lead Everett past Kelowna 8-2 in the WHL. Pilon seems to be making an impression on his new team.
    "He’s doing everything wanted from him," head coach Dennis Williams said. "But I’m even more impressed with what he does away from the puck and his responsibilities in the D-zone. He tracks pucks hard and when you’re a 200-foot player you have a really good chance to be an effective player in this league and at the next level.”
  • In addition to being a finalist for the Hobey Baker, Brian Pinho has also been named one of 16 semifinalists for the Walter Brown Award which is given to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.
  • Damien Riat will be leaving his team, Geneve-Servette HC, for HC Bienne, also known as Biel-Bienne, at the end of the season. He has signed a two-year contract there.
    A scout for Biel-Bienne gave this rundown of the new player (as translated by Google Translate): "Riat is a powerful skater with a low, steady stride and good speed. He moves most of the time with a high level of energy and faces the opponent unreservedly. I also appreciate his wrist shot, as well as his play in both directions, already well done for his age."

Who are the Caps' top 10 prospects? Find out here in his week's updated rankings.