The Washington Times - December 18, 2011, 11:39AM

DENVER | The Washington Capitals wanted to give Cody Eakin a chance to show himself at the NHL level, and the 20-year-old forward lasted a month-and-a-half here on his first call-up.

Eakin put up three goals and three assists in 19 games but with his not getting consistent minutes and then on Saturday being a healthy scratch, the Caps sent him back to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.


Eakin showed spurts of speed and ability during his stint with the Caps, but under Dale Hunter he was demoted to fourth-line duty and then eventually press box duty. He averaged just 9:51 when in the lineup and hadn’t scored a point since Dec. 5.

The move was made one day before the NHL’s holiday roster freeze. As of 11:30 a.m. Eastern, no corresponding roster move had been announced, leaving the Caps with 12 healthy forwards and Jay Beagle (concussion).

Eakin will get a chance to play more regular minutes in Hershey, likely on one of the top two lines. He’s expected to play Sunday against the Norfolk Admirals as a left wing, with Christian Hanson and Graham Mink.