Tyler Graovac Clears Waivers, Heads to Hershey


On Thursday, Tyler Graovac was placed on waivers and other teams had 24-hours to claim him. That 24-hour period ended today at noon and no team has picked him up. As a result, Graovac will be sent down to Hershey. This move was made to clear up roster space for Andre Burakovsky‘s return to the lineup tonight against the Rangers. 

The Washington Capitals have re-assigned forward Tyler Graovac to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

The 6’5″, 208-pound center played in five games for the Capitals this season. Graovac, 24, recorded two points (1g, 1a) in four games with Hershey after he was assigned on a long-term conditioning loan on Nov. 14 following an upper body injury suffered Oct. 17 versus the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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 60 career NHL games. 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 104 points (50g, 54a) in 204 career AHL games. Graovac set AHL career highs in goals (21), assists (25), points (46) and games played (73) during the 2014-15 season.

The Capitals acquired Graovac from the Minnesota Wild on June 14, 2017 for a fifth-round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

By Michael Marzzacco

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