ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have assigned goaltender Simeon Varlamov (SIHM-yahn VAR-la-mohv) to the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Hershey Bears and activated goaltender Jose Theodore from injured reserve, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Varlamov, 20, is a first-year pro who stands 6’1”, 201 pounds. He was 2-0-0 in two games for Washington and recorded a .953 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average (GAA). Varlamov 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). He made 32 saves in Montreal and 29 saves in a 4-2 win yesterday against St. Louis.
The Samara, Russia, native was the Capitals’ first-round choice, 23rd overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He returns to Hershey where he has a 10-3-0 record and is tied for ninth in the league and is first among rookies in wins. He has one shutout on the year and is ninth in the league with a 2.34 GAA.
Varlamov played in 44 games for Yaroslavl in the Russian Super League last year, posting three shutouts and a 2.45 GAA. He was selected to Russia’s 2008 World Championship team but missed the competition because of an injury.