Nathan Walker Gets Picked Up by Oilers

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Yesterday, the Capitals placed Nathan Walker on waivers. Teams had 24 hours to claim him and that 24-hour period expired today at noon. The Edmonton Oilers picked Walker up. This is the second time this week a Capitals player has been placed on waivers. Aaron Ness cleared waivers on Wednesday and was sent down to Hershey. 

After yesterday’s morning skate, Barry Trotz explained his reasoning behind why Walker was placed on waivers.

“With people getting healthy, Nathan wasn’t getting in the lineup… You can only build your game on the ice,” Trotz said. “He’s gotta play. He’s a good young man but he’s still gotta build his game.”

The initial plan was for the Capitals to send Walker down to Hershey to work on his game once he cleared waivers but with Edmonton picking him up during the 24-hour waiver period, that plan has backfired. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet was the first to report this and according to Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post, Edmonton wasn’t the only team interested in pursuing Walker.

Walker only appeared in seven games with the Capitals this season, serving most of his time with the big club as a healthy scratch. He scored one goal which came in his NHL debut as he made history as the first Australian-born athlete to play in the NHL.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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