Although Barry Trotz says a final decision has not been made, the Capitals’ head coach indicated that it’s possible the team will recall a forward from Hershey in the coming 24 hours.
The Caps enter Thursday’s showdown against the streaking Blue Jackets with 12 forwards, or exactly enough to fill out four lines. The team, however, is set to hit the road Friday for a road trip that makes stops in Ottawa and Montreal. And since that requires traveling out of the region—and across the border—it’s expected that they’ll take an extra forward, just in case.
“Possibly, yes, we might do something tomorrow,” Trotz said after Thursday’s morning skate. “We’ll see how the [Columbus] game goes. See if we can continue to have some health. If we do, then we might not need to. But I think we’re probably going to do something.”
Assuming they do, then the question becomes who comes up? Zach Sanford, Jakub Vrana and Paul Carey have already suited up for Washington this season. But it’s also possible the team will reward a prospect like Travis Boyd, Liam O’Brien or Chandler Stephenson, to name a few candidates. Boyd leads the Bears with 30 points, while O’Brien is having a career year offensively.
Even if a move is made, there’s no guarantee that the call-up will stick around beyond the four-day trip. Or that they’ll get into the lineup against the Senators or Canadiens.
“We’re healthy,” Trotz said. “We haven’t sustained a lot of injuries. We sorta [already] did our experimenting through calling guys up. It made it uncomfortable for some guys. But organizationally we needed to do that. Right now we feel good about where our lines are, and the group that we have.”