The Capitals plan to recall forward Zach Sanford from the Hershey Bears.
Sanford was a healthy scratch for the Bears on Friday and, according to a team official, is headed to Washington and will be officially recalled on Saturday morning.
There will be no corresponding move, CSN has been told. The Caps are tight up against the salary cap, but the team has enough space to carry both Sanford and fellow rookie Jakub Vrana, who is in the lineup Friday night in Carolina.
The move was made to reward Sanford, who has played well since being demoted. When he was sent down, the rookie winger had no goals and one point in 19 games. His ice time had dwindled, as well.
The Caps reassigned him to Hershey in the hopes that the 22-year-old would rediscover his scoring touch and regain some confidence. It appears that he’s found both; Sanford has seven points (four goals, three assists) in six games.
Sanford’s promotion also means the Caps will be carrying 23 players, the maximum allowed.