A day removed from the Washington Capitals massive trade for Kevin Shattenkirk, the team has recalled forwards Jakub Vrana and Riley Barber from the Hershey Bears.
Bringing up the two forwards are in response to the team dealing Zach Sanford to St. Louis for the stud defenseman. One of the two are expected to getting playing time to fill into Sanford's spot in the lineup.
Vrana is returning to the Capitals after playing in 12 games so far this season for Washington. Recording a goal and two assists already, the NHL rookie made his debut back in Dec. 1, scoring his first goal not too long after against Buffalo. However, the 21-year-old has not been with the Capitals since being sent back to the Bears after the game on Dec. 27.
With Hershey, the 2014 first round draft pick has registered 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) so far this season.
Barber will be playing in his third game this season after making his NHL debut with the Capitals on Feb. 24. Drafted by the Capitals in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Draft, the 23-year-old has spent a majority of his time in the minors and was named the Hershey Bears' Rookie of the Year last season with 33 goals and 34 assists. This season has not been as productive for Barber (seven goals, five assists) since he has been dealing with an upper body injury that caused him to miss 35 games.
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