ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have assigned right wing Joey Crabb to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Crabb, 29, has collected two goals and eight penalty minutes in 26 games with Washington this season. He recorded career highs in goals (11), assists (15), points (26) and games played (67) in 2011-12 with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He finished last season ranked 11th on Toronto in points and eighth in goals while his plus-one rating finished tied for fifth on the team. In addition, Crabb registered 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in nine games with the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League (AHL) last season and recorded three assists in eight games with the United States at the 2012 World Championships.
The Anchorage, Alaska, native has appeared in 170 career NHL games with Atlanta, Toronto and Washington, compiling 52 points (20 goals, 32 assists) and 93 penalty minutes. He has collected 172 points (73 goals, 99 assists) in 299 career AHL games with Chicago and Toronto. The 6’1”, 190-pound forward won a Calder Cup championship with the Chicago Wolves in 2007-08, posting one goal and five assists in 24 playoff games. Crabb was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the seventh round (226th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft after spending four seasons at Colorado College (NCAA).