The Capitals reassigned forward Jakub Vrana to Hershey of the American Hockey League, the team announced.
The 20-year-old departed Kettler Capitals Iceplex during Sunday's morning skate ahead of the Ottawa game. Capitals GameTime starts at 7; puck drops at 7:30, all on CSN.
Vrana recorded a goal and two assists in 12 games during his first stint as an NHLer. But the Czech winger hit the proverbial rookie wall—he went without a point in five consecutive games last month—and then was a healthy scratch for both games against the Devils. Vrana also failed to record a shot on goal twice during his five-game point drought.
With Vrana gone, the Capitals are down to 12 forwards and 19 skaters. It’s unclear if the salary cap-strapped Caps intend to recall a player from the Bears, who do not play again untilFriday. Washington, meantime, plays four games this week, beginning with the Senators.
Coach Barry Trotz is scheduled to meet with reporters Sunday evening at Verizon Center.