Winning on a Waiver and A Signing Success: Nicolas Aube-Kubel Scores in Consecutive Games, Sonny Milano Notches 100th Career Point

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The Washington Capitals will welcome back lineup linchpins Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom in the not-too distant future, but since the beginning of the 2022-23 season, the club has received contributions from throughout the lineup to cushion the loss of both Backstrom and Wilson, as well as the other injuries suffered in that span.

Two of those players are Sonny Milano and Nicolas Aube-Kubel, who were acquired via free agency and the waiver wire, respectively.

Both players scored goals in the Capitals’ Friday night tilt with the Nashville Predators at Capital One Arena, doing their best to solidify a place in Head Coach Peter Laviolette’s lineup upon the return of Wilson and Backstrom.

Milano, who signed a one-year contract with the Caps as a free agent (and subsequently cleared waivers to the American Hockey League before being recalled to Washington) shortly after the beginning of the season, scored the Capitals’ first goal against the Preds, on Conor Sheary and Dmitry Orlov.

The goal marked Milano’s seventh of the season and 100th career Point. Milano has now recorded seven goals and 19 points in 29 Games Played this season. The former first-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets recorded a career-high 34 Points in 66 Games Played with the Anaheim Ducks, who did not re-sign him. The 26-year old Massapequa, New York native has three points (2G, 1A) in his past five games.

Aube-Kubel, who was claimed on waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs, scored his second goal of the season (in his 14th game in a Washington sweater) to tie the game at 2-2 apiece; Erik Gustafsson and Trevor van Riemsdyk recorded the helpers.

Kubel, who scored his first goal as a Capital in the team’s throttling of the Columbus Blue Jackets one night ago, has now recorded two goals four assists in 14 Games Played with the Caps.

The “next man up” mentality that the Capitals have preached all season following their myriad of injured players has certainly proven to be true, and additions like Milano and Aube-Kubel have played their part in ensuring the team has not faltered.

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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1 Response to Winning on a Waiver and A Signing Success: Nicolas Aube-Kubel Scores in Consecutive Games, Sonny Milano Notches 100th Career Point

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Milano’s a great acquisition. I assume they keep him around.
    Aube-Kubal keeps taking penalties but then scores a goal which helps his case for staying in the lineup.

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