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.

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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.