ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Paul Carey from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and re-assigned Riley Barber to Hershey, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Carey, 28, made his 2016-17 season debut with the Capitals on Nov. 20 against Columbus and skated in three games with Washington this season. The 6'1", 198-pound forward appeared in four games with the Capitals last season and scored the game-tying goal in the third period on Feb. 6 at New Jersey, marking his first NHL goal. Carey was selected by Colorado in the fifth round, 135th overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft and has registered two points (1g, 1a) in 29 career NHL games with Colorado and Washington.
Carey registered 44 points (16g, 28a) in 48 games with the Hershey Bears this season and ranks third on the team in points, tied for third in goals and fourth in assists. In addition, Carey recorded a 19-game point streak from Oct. 26 to Dec. 26 (8g, 14a), marking the longest point streak in the AHL this season and tied for the third-longest point streak in Hershey history. Only Alexandre Giroux (2008-09: 23) and Wes Jarvis (1981-82: 20) recorded longer points streaks for the Bears. He has earned 171 points (71g, 100a) in 280 career AHL games with Lake Erie, Providence and Hershey.
Barber, 23, made his NHL/Capitals debut on Feb. 24 against Edmonton and played in three games with Washington this season. He has recorded 12 points (7g, 5a) in 19 games with the Bears in 2016-17. The 6'0", 193-pound forward missed 35 games this season with an upper-body injury and has recorded four points (3g, 1a) in six games since returning to the lineup. Last season, Barber registered 55 points (26g, 29a) in 74 games with Hershey and ranked second among AHL rookies in goals and tied for fourth in points. In addition, he ranked second on the team in goals, points and shots (163) and ranked third in assists. The Pittsburgh native was named the Bears' 2015-16 Rookie of the Year. He has earned 67 points (33g, 34a) in 93 career AHL games with Hershey. Barber played at Miami University (Ohio) for three seasons from 2012-15 and earned 123 points (54g, 69a) in 116 games. He was drafted by the Capitals in the sixth round, 167th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.