Capitals Claim Nicolas Aube-Kubel Off Waivers

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The Washington Capitals claimed forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel (NAK) off the waiver wire on Saturday. The Toronto Maple Leafs placed Aubé-Kubel on waivers on Friday.

The Capitals will need to make a corresponding roster move to fit Aube-Kubel on their current 23-man roster. They later announced that Garrett Pilon would be returned to Hershey.

“NAK”, 26, was signed to a one-year, $1 million contract by the Leafs in the summer and was with the Colorado Avalanche last season. He has played right-wing and center in recent seasons.

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The Washington Capitals have claimed forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs and have loaned forward Garrett Pilon to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Aube-Kubel, 26, has appeared in six games with Toronto this season. The 6’0”, 207-pound forward was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round, 48th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Aube-Kubel recorded 23 points (11g, 12a) in 74 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Colorado Avalanche last season. Aube-Kubel, who was claimed off waivers by Colorado from Philadelphia on Nov. 13, 2021, won the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche, appearing in 14 of Colorado’s 16 playoff games and posting a +2 plus/minus rating. In 175 career games with Toronto, Colorado and Philadelphia, Aube-Kubel has recorded 50 points (21g, 29a).

Pilon, 24, has recorded five points (1g, 4a) in seven games with Hershey this season, which ranks tied for second on the team. In 213 career AHL games with Hershey, Pilon has recorded 132 points (50g, 82a).


Aubé-Kubel had no points and two shots in six Leafs games this season, having been a healthy scratch five times.

Aube-Kubel was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round (#48 overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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13 Responses to Capitals Claim Nicolas Aube-Kubel Off Waivers

  1. Lance says:

    What’s the scouting report on this guy?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Would imagine they send down LuJo to fit NAK

  3. Jon Sorensen says:

  4. Anonymous says:

    It’s a shame the Caps continue down the path of picking up players other teams throw away and not giving their own prospects or AHL players much of an opportunity. It mustn’t feel too good to be a Pilon, Snively, etc.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I’m with ya with regards to the AHL players. Having tracked each one of them since their draft days, watching all their games, you can help but root for them.

    • hockeydruid says:

      Totally agree! Especially since the last two that they picked up the Cookie Man and Aubé-Kubel are both going to be 4th liners. Honestly none of the guys in Hershey could play wing on the 4th line? If that is true then that tells me that 1) the HC and GM have no faith in anyone in Hershey and 2) if I ws playing in Hershey I would look to move on ASAP. Maybe the better solution would be to relieve the HC, who is playing without a contract for next year, of his duties and get in someone who will play our young guys not players off the scrap heap! After all we invested draft picks and cash and time in the players in Hershey and if you are telling me that scrap heap material is better then maybe its time for the GM, HC, scouting staff and front office to go out the door and stay at home and bring in new people!

      • Anonymous says:

        You are correct. We have a lot of 4th liners. Milano is middle 6. NAK is probably middle 6 as well. Both free and really to replace AFJ and Leason. We upgraded and stayed young. Hope Orlov is OK.

  5. dwgie26 says:

    NAK could end up not working out. But i like the signing. He is young at 26. He is a right stick. Plays a more physical style that works with Caps. He is cheap at $1M and can be buried in AHL. He has played in 170 NHL games so despite being young, he knows the grind.

    Really both NAK and Milano were just opportunistic pickups which cost us nothing in term of trade capital and were necessary due to injuries and players lost in waivers. Both good moves by a savvy GM.

  6. Anonymous says:

    This guy sounds terrible. Plug in your top Hershey players and see if they can play at the NHL level.

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