Are changes coming for the Washington Capitals?
Team USA Adds Caps Prospect Barber to World Junior Preliminary Roster
Riley Barber (Photo by Caps in Pictures)
Team USA announced Tuesday morning that Caps 2012 draft pick Riley Barber was among those selected for the World Junior Championships preliminary roster. Barber will attend training camp from Dec. 19-23 to determine whether he will make the full 23-player team or not.
The Championship will be held in Ufa, Russia Dec. 26-Jan. 5.
Washington had four other prospects who were invited to the team’s evaluation camp in the summer and did not make the preliminary roster: forwards Travis Boyd and Thomas DiPauli, and defensemen Garrett Haar and Connor Carrick.
Barber, the 18-year-old Livonia, Mich. native is in his freshman season at the University of Miami. As a right wing he has six goals and 12 assists, for 18 points, in 14 games. The sixth round, 167th overall draft pick is also a plus-10 so far this season.
A check-in with those who didn’t make the roster, 19-year-old Boyd is originally from Hopkins, Minn., but is playing his puck at University of Minnesota. So far this season, the sophomore center has three goals and six assists, totaling nine points in 15 games. Boyd is also a plus-2. He was drafted by Washington in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL entry draft (177th overall) and was the youngest player eligible for the draft.
Haar, the 19-year-old defenseman from Huntington Beach, Calif., is a sophomore at Western Michigan. This season he has three goals and two assists, totaling five points in 10 games. He has a minus-1 rating, but has blocked 12 shots. Haar was drafted by the Capitals in the seventh round of the 2011 entry draft (207th overall).
Selected by Washington in the fourth round of the 2012 entry draft (100th overall), 19-year-old DiPauli is playing his college hockey as a center for Notre Dame. In 15 games, the Woodbridge, Il. native has two goals and two assists, for four points, 10 penalty minutes, and a plus-6. He also has seven blocked shots.
Carrick did not make the final cut from evaluation camp over the summer. The 18-year-old defenseman from Orland Park, Il. is playing his puck with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL, while also doubling as a part-time student at the University of Michigan. The 137th overall, fifth round 2012 draft pick has played 27 games for the Whalers and has recorded four goals and 11 assists, for 15 points, accumulated 26 penalty minutes and is a plus-6.