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Capitals Assign Keith Aucoin, Oskar Osala and Simeon Varlamov to Hershey

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have assigned forwards Keith Aucoin, Oskar Osala and goaltender Simeon Varlamov to the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Hershey Bears, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. The trio will be available for Hershey's game tonight against Bridgeport and tomorrow against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

 
Aucoin, 30, is an eighth-year pro who stands 5’9”, 180 pounds. He has played in six NHL games this season, including last night’s 5-3 home victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Aucoin had an assist last night and has two assists with the Capitals this season. He has played in 59 career NHL games and has five goals and 12 assists.
 
The undrafted Aucoin has played in 67 games for Hershey this year and leads the AHL in points (89) and assists (66). He was named the AHL’s player of the month for October and has 522 career AHL points in 502 games.
 
Osala, 21, is a first-year pro who stands 6’4”, 225 pounds. Last night’s game was the second of his NHL career and his first since he made his NHL debut on Dec. 10 against Boston.
 
The Vassa, Finland, native has 37 points (23g-14a) in 68 games with Hershey this year and is tied for third in the league in goals scored by a rookie. Osala was the Capitals’ fourth-round choice, 97th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
 
Varlamov, 20, is a first-year pro who stands 6’1”, 201 pounds. He has compiled an 18-6-1 record in Hershey this season and has two shutouts, a .910 save percentage and a 2.47 goals-against average (GAA). Varlamov is 3-0-0 with the Capitals this year, posting a .939 save percentage and 1.74 GAA.
 
The Samara, Russia, native made his NHL debut in Montreal on Dec. 13 and beat the Canadiens, 2-1, to become the youngest Russian-born goaltender to make an NHL start and the first NHL goalie in more than 30 years to win his debut at Montreal (since Hardy Astrom, New York Rangers, on Feb. 25, 1978). Varlamov is the first Capitals goalie to win his first three NHL starts since Jim Carey won his first four in 1994-95. He was the Capitals’ first-round choice, 23rd overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
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