The Capitals placed defenseman Steve Oleksy on waivers Monday, clearing a second roster spot after goalie Philipp Grubauer was sent to AHL Hershey earlier in the day.
That’s likely where Washington hopes Oleksy, 27, ends up, too. Last season, Oleksy made his NHL debut and performed admirably in 28 games. He even played in all seven Stanley Cup playoff games against the New York Rangers.
But this season hasn’t gone as smoothly. Oleksy has found himself the odd-man out on the blueline. He last played in a Jan. 4 game at Minnesota. He appeared in 33 of Washington’s first 42 games. But he has sat out as a healthy scratch in each of the last seven. If he clears waivers by noon on Tuesday, Oleksy can be assigned to Hershey. If not, another NHL team will acquire his services.
Oleksy does have two goals and eight assists to surpass his point total from last season and is a plus-7. He averaged 15:16 of ice time when he did play. And for every 60 minutes of ice time, the Caps have allowed just 1.90 goals. That’s the best mark of any defensemen on the team who has topped 20 games played.