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The Capitals have assigned forward Tyler Graovac to the Hershey Bears on a long-term conditioning loan. Graovac is still recovering from an upper-body injury he suffered last month against the Maple Leafs. In addition, the Bears also announced that goaltender Adam Carlson has been re-assigned to the Caps ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays.
A long-term conditioning loan can last a maximum of three games/six days in the AHL and it’s for players that have missed at least 10 games/24 days. When that time is up, Graovac will either rejoin the Capitals or be waived. He returned to practice last Thursday while skating in a grey non-contact jersey.
FROM THE CAPITALS MEDIA RELEASE
The Washington Capitals have assigned center Tyler Graovac to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a long-term conditioning loan, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Graovac, 24, played in three games for the Capitals this season.The 6’5”, 208-pound center suffered an upper body injury on Oct. 17 versus the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Capitals acquired Graovac in a trade with the Minnesota Wild on June 14, 2017 for a fifth-round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
As a member of the Wild last season, Graovac registered nine points (7g, 2a) in 52 games. Graovac scored his first NHL goal in his 2016-17 season debut on Oct. 29 against Dallas and recorded his first NHL assist on Feb. 27 against Los Angeles. He made his NHL debut during the 2014-15 season on Dec. 29, 2014 at Winnipeg and has recorded nine points (7g, 2a) in 57 career NHL games with the Wild. Graovac was drafted by Minnesota in the seventh round, 191st overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft.
The Brampton. Ont., native earned 15 points (10g, 5a) in 26 games with the Iowa Wild (AHL) in 2016-17 and has recorded 102 points (49g, 53a) in 202 career AHL games with Iowa. Graovac set AHL career highs in goals (21), assists (25), points (46) and games played (73) during the 2014-15 season and led the Wild in points, goals, power-play goals (9) and game-winning goals (4).
FROM THE BEARS MEDIA RELEASE
The Washington Capitals announced today that forward Tyler Graovac has been assigned to the Hershey Bears on a long-term conditioning loan. The announcement was made by Washington’s senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan.
Graovac, 24, has skated in three games with the Capitals this season, but hasn’t played since Oct. 17 due to an upper body injury. The 6-foot-5, 208-pound forward was acquired by the Capitals from the Minnesota Wild on Jun. 14 for a fifth-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft.