Why is Anthony Peluso Playing Over Nathan Walker?

Posted November 1, 2017

(Caps Outsider)

After Brett Connolly was placed in the concussion protocol, and with Andre Burakovsky out for at least six weeks, one would think the Caps would call up Riley Barber from Hershey to help fill the void.

Instead, the Caps called up Anthony Peluso, who didn’t play. Peluso did not play an NHL game in 2016-17, and only averaged less than six minutes of ice time per game with Winnipeg a year before that. In his two games with the Caps this season, Peluso has played a total of 9:17, has 4 PIMs, and 4 hits. That’s it.

Meanwhile, up in the press box sits a young Nathan Walker. Walker is averaging almost 10 minutes a game in four games, and has a 61.70 shot attempt percentage.

This comment by Trotz is interesting.

Considering how little Peluso is playing when he’s in the lineup, it seems pointless keeping Walker out. Walker not seeing any ice time will only hurt him, and the Caps, going forward, not help them.