Hershey update: 6-3-0-3, 3rd in the Atlantic Division. Last week: 1-0-0-1
For anyone wondering why Stanislav Galiev made the jump to the NHL this season, you got your answer last week. Galiev began a two-week conditioning stint with the Hershey Bears and scored three goals off of 13 shots in just two games.
Galiev has struggled to break into a crowded Caps lineup this season, but these two games show that he has clearly developed past the point in which more time in the AHL will help him. It also highlights why the Caps can't afford to place him on waivers. With that much skill, someone would claim him.
If Galiev continues playing as well as he has, expect him to see more playing time when he returns to the Caps. He still will not get as much as perhaps he should, but with Jason Chimera on the last year of his contract, the Caps will likely have a bigger role for Galiev next season.
With the status of Brooks Orpik in question heading into Thursday's game, could we see a Hershey blue liner get called up? If that happens, while some may hope to get their first look at Madison Bowey in the NHL, let's not forget about Connor Carrick. Carrick had a big week for the Bears with three assists in two games.
The issue for Carrick this season has been staying out of the penalty box. While he currently leads Hershey defensemen with six points, he also leads the team in penalty minutes with 16.
Chandler Stephenson may find himself heading back to Hershey soon and it has nothing to do with how he's played in the NHL, but rather Hershey's need for forwards.
Already dealing with the loss of Jakub Vrana, Hershey received more bad news this week as Liam O'Brien will miss four to six weeks due to MCL ligament damage to his knee. O'Brien suffered the injury in Saturday's game and was originally considered day-to-day, but an MRI revealed the injury to be more significant.
Other prospect notes:
In other injury news, the Regina Pats are currently missing both of their Caps prospects from the lineup. Defenseman Colby Williams has not played yet this season due to an arm injury he suffered in the offseason. They are now also without defenseman Connor Hobbs who is dealing with a concussion suffered in the team's game on Oct. 31. He has not played since.
As for the players who are on the ice, the Caps prospects continue to impress in the college ranks. Thomas DiPauli tallied an assist and five shots in Notre Dame's loss to Minnesota on Friday and also scored the winning goal on Saturday to help lead the Irish to a series split. He is now currently enjoying a three-game point streak.
You can see DiPauli's game-winning goal in the highlights here:
Shane Gersich also tallied a game-wining goal for his North Dakota team against Wisconsin on Saturday.
Things got interesting in Boston as Zach Sanford was involved in a line brawl between Boston College and Maine late in the second period. Sanford was given a 2-minute minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct.
Sanford also recorded an assist in the Eagles' win.
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