Capitals like Urbom's size, mobility

Capitals like Urbom's size, mobility
October 3, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Rookies learn from Capitals season opener

Now that defenseman Alex Urbom has been claimed off waivers by the Capitals, how do they plan on using the 22-year-old defenseman?

“I think we’ve got to wait and see,” Capitals coach Adam Oates said before Thursday night’s game against the Calgary Flames. “Give him a chance to get acclimated.”

A 6-foot-4, 215-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden, Urbom is scheduled to practice with the Caps on Friday. He brings a needed physical presence to the Caps’ blue line, which lacks some size after Karl Alzner and John Erskine.

Oates said the Caps’ scouting staff had Urbom on their radar and since Oates coached him briefly in New Jersey two years ago, general manager George McPhee asked Oates for a scouting report.

“He’s a big kid, skates very well,” Oates said. “At the time, he was very raw, so I don’t know how much he’s advanced since then. I know he’s played a similar [system] that we play.”

To make room for Urbom the Caps assigned Michael Latta to the Hershey Bears and will insert center Jay Beagle into the lineup on a fourth line with Marty Erat and Tom Wilson.

Barring any last-minute changes, here’s what the lineups for both teams are expected to look like tonight:


Forward  Lines

Marcus Johansson – Nicklas Backstrom – Alex Ovechkin

Brooks Laich – Mikhail Grabovski – Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera – Eric Fehr – Joel Ward

Marty Erat – Jay Beagle – Tom Wilson

Extra: Aaron Volpatti

Defense Pairings

Karl Alzner – Mike Green

John Erskine – John Carlson

Jack Hillen – Connor Carrick

Extras: Steve Oleksy, Alex Urbom


Braden Holtby [starter] – Michal Neuvirth


Forward Lines

Curtis Glencross - Matt Stajan - Lee Stempniak

T.J. Galiardi - Mikael Backlund - Jiri Hudler

Sven Baertschi - Sean Monahan - David Jones

Lance Bouma - Joe Colborne - Ben Street

Extras: RW Tim Jackman, RW Brian McGrattan, C Mike Cammalleri [upper body]

Defense Pairings

T.J. Brodie - Mark Giordano

Kris Russell - Dennis Wideman

Chris Butler - Shane O’Brien

Derek Smith - Chris Breen


Karri Ramo [starter] - Joey MacDonald