Capitals Recall Grubauer, Orlov, Kundratek, Schilling and Schmidt from the Hershey Bears
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Philipp Grubauer and defensemen Dmitry Orlov, Tomas Kundratek, Cameron Schilling and Nate Schmidt from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Grubauer, 21, made his NHL debut on Feb. 27 in Philadelphia, stopping all 14 shots he faced in 25:05 of ice time, and made his first career NHL start on March 9 at the New York Islanders, making 40 saves. He posted a record of 15-9-2 with a 2.25 goals-against average, a .919 save percentage and two shutouts (he also combined for third shutout with Dany Sabourin on Jan. 13) in 28 games during his rookie season with Hershey. He spent the first half of the season with Reading of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and was named a starter in the ECHL All-Star game after compiling a record of 19-5-1 with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage in 26 games played with the Royals.
The 6’1”, 185-pound goaltender has collected a 42-18-5-1 record in two seasons in the ECHL with South Carolina and Reading. Grubauer was originally drafted in the fourth round, 112th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Orlov, 21, registered an assist and a plus-five rating in five games with Washington and has recorded 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) and 20 penalty minutes in 31 games with Hershey this season. He collected 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) and 18 penalty minutes in 60 games with the Capitals during his rookie season in 2011-12. Orlov finished the season ranked fourth in scoring among rookie defensemen despite finishing ranked 23rd in average ice time per game (16:52).
Orlov, a 6’0”, 210-pound defenseman from Novokuznetsk, Russia, was Washington’s second-round selection, 55th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He has registered 35 points (nine goals, 26 assists) in 65 career AHL games with Hershey and helped lead Team Russia to a gold medal at the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, recording nine points (one goal, eight assists) in seven games while being named to the tournament All-Star team.
Kundratek, 23, registered seven points (one goal, six assists) in 25 games with the Capitals this season, despite missing eight games due to injury. The 6’2”, 195-pound defenseman led Hershey blueliners in goals (16) and points (31) while adding 15 assists. Kundratek set career highs in goals, assists and points despite playing in just 49 games this season, and was named to the AHL Eastern Conference All-Star squad for the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic.
In 181 career AHL games, the Prerov, Czech Republic, native has compiled 68 points (30 goals, 38 assists) with Hartford, Connecticut and Hershey. Kundratek has appeared in 30 NHL games, all with Washington, and recorded one goal and six assists.
Schilling, 24, made his NHL debut on March 12 vs. Carolina and skated 11:58. He recorded 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) and was a plus-five in 70 games with Hershey in his first full professional season. The Carmel, Ind., native played in 144 collegiate games during his four-year career with Miami, collecting 57 points (eight goals, 49 assists) and 155 penalty minutes. The 6’2”, 197-pound blueliner was a member of two NCAA All-Regional Teams (2008-2010) and helped Miami win the 2010-11 CCHA Championship.
Schilling was originally signed by Washington as an un-drafted free agent on March 27, 2012.
Schmidt, 21, tallied one goal and three assists in his first eight professional games with Hershey in 2012-13. He spent this season with the University of Minnesota, registering 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) and 16 penalty minutes in 40 games. Schmidt was named to the All-WCHA First Team after leading the league in scoring by a defenseman. Schmidt finished the season ranked tied for third among all NCAA defensemen with 32 points including a career-high nine goals. Schmidt also led all collegiate defensemen and ranked tied for sixth among all skaters with 19 power-play points this season. Schmidt finished the year with a plus-15 rating.
In 96 career games at Minnesota, Schmidt tallied 74 points (12 goals, 62 assists) as a two-time All-WCHA defenseman. In his final two seasons with the program, Schmidt and the Gophers won back-to-back MacNaughton Cups as Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season champions and made two trips to the NCAA tournament including the team’s run to the NCAA Frozen Four in 2011-12.
Schmidt participated in the 2012 Washington Capitals Development Camp as a tryout and was signed as an undrafted free agent by Washington on April 2.