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Caps recall Orlov from AHL Hershey

Mar 18, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Dmitry Orlov from AHL Hershey as an injury replacement for Tom Poti (back).

Orlov, 21, appeared in 60 games for Washington a season ago, scoring 3G-16A-19PTS while averaging close to 17 minutes per game.

Washington’s second-round pick (55th overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Orlov missed extensive time for Hershey this season with a concussion but still managed to score 12 points in 22 games.

The Caps’ website says Orlov will participate in Tuesday’s morning skate in Pittsburgh — Washington takes on the Pens later that evening — and will wear No. 81, assuming he draws into the lineup for Poti.

Orlov is just the latest Hershey defenseman to be called up in the wake of blueline injuries (Poti, Mike Green, John Erskine).

In Sunday’s 5-3 win over Buffalo, the Caps’ defense featured 27-year-old rookie Steven Olesky, who made his NHL debut on Mar. 5.

  1. govtminion - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Tom Poti is out with an injury?

    NOW it’s an NHL season.

  2. tbbolts91 - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    why was he demoted in the first place?

    • kotteintheslot - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      He wasn’t. He has been hurt most of the year.

  3. operwapitsai - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    I hope olesky can keep it up! that will at least be one good thing about this season. well that and a good draft pick

  4. mp1113 - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Finally. Now we just need brooks and green

  5. capsfan19 - Mar 18, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Dmitri!! Welome back my friend!

  6. ludacrish05 - Mar 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I’m going to have to throw Laich on the ice. If he isn’t going to play, we’ll make him play.

  7. ludacrish05 - Mar 18, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Oh I’m happy Orlov is back too, he’ll be a good asset to the blue line and our offense

  8. bmoreredfury311 - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Very happy to have this kid back, hope he is up for a big game tomorrow.

  9. bmoreredfury311 - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Yeah great news, very excited to have this kid back. Hope he is up for a big game tomorrow. GO CAPS

  10. capitalspearljam - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    saw him play last night in hershey, played pretty well, but you can tell he’s still got some rust on him, prolly wont see to much time tomorrow night

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