Injuries within the Capitals organization continue to mount. In addition to Nicklas Backstrom (hip), T.J. Oshie (foot) and Anthony Mantha (shoulder), injuries are also occurring at a significant rate throughout the Capitals’ organization.
The Hershey Bears lost Brian Pinho, Mike Vecchione and Eddie Whittcow Friday night against the Springfield Thunderbirds. All three of the players were out of Saturday nights tilt with the Providence Bruins.
Probably the most immediate concern for the Capitals’ depth is the injury to forward Brian Pinho, who is conceivably a potential callup. He took a hit into the boards Friday night and immediately hunched over. He would leave the game and not return.
Deeper in the prospect pool, defenseman Vinny Iorio of the Brandon Wheat Kings, forward Bear Hughes of the Spokane Chiefs and forward Haakon Hanelt of the Gatineau Olympiques have all been out for extended periods of time. All three missed games at the end of October and have yet to play a game in the month of November.
Reinforcements In Chocolate Town
The Bears are currently extremely thin at the forward position, but help is potentially on the way. The Bears announced on Saturday that they have signed forward Ryan Dmowski to a professional tryout agreement. In addition, the Capitals re-assigned Aliaksei Protas to Hershey on Saturday. It’s not clear if the move was made to assist Hershey, but the Bears needed Protas to field a full lineup of forwards Saturday night.
Depth on the blueline is not an issue for the Bears, but defenseman Bobby Nardella, who was already working out in Hershey, was officially re-assigned to the Bears on Saturday. Nardella didn’t play against the Bruins Saturday night, but it appears his return to the lineup is getting close.
By Jon Sorensen