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Capitals’ Wey to be third defenseman to make NHL debut with team

Dec 7, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals have been great this year for defensemen looking to play their first NHL game. Connor Carrick and Nate Schmidt made their league debuts with the team earlier this season and now another will join them tonight.

Capitals 2009 fourth-round pick Patrick Wey will play in his first NHL game tonight against the Nashville Predators as’s Chuck Gormley shares. For Wey, it’s an extra special night given that he started the season in the ECHL with the Reading Royals.

Wey is expected to be paired up with Dmitry Orlov on the blue line giving the Caps a rather NHL-inexperienced third pairing. The team has had to dance around injuries to experienced defensemen John Erskine and Jack Hillen and cycling in others like Alexander Urbom and Steve Oleksy.

Getting Wey in against the low-scoring Predators isn’t a bad idea.

  1. lowenni - Dec 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    I don’t understand why they’re keeping Oleksy out. I think he’s a solid 6th D man, who’s confident and can play some good D next to Orlov. He also shows some offensive skill here and there. He’s at least better than Wey. There’s no reason to keep putting in players like Urbom and Wey who will have either no or negative impacts on the game over Oleksy.

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