The Caps have recalled defenseman Sean Collins from Hershey and he could make his NHL debut tonight in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. While the team did not skate yesterday, Tyler Sloan (who took a shot off his leg against the Islanders) is likely the guy who could be in danger of not playing tonight.
Collins, who is listed at 6-foot-1 and 212 pounds, was an undrafted free agent after four years at Ohio State. He got in three games for the Bears in 2006-07 after his college season ended, and then split last season between South Carolina of the ECHL (31 games) and Hershey (12 games). He has no goals and four assists in 13 games for the Bears this season. If he plays tonight, it will only be the 60th career professional game for Collins, and if he scores a goal it would only be his third as a pro (he had one in the regular season and one in the playoffs for the Stingrays last year), though he did rack up 28 in four years with the Buckeyes.
I am at the Buffalo airport now, and am about to head north for the morning skate (flights into Canada are expensive) and will check back in once the Caps are on the ice for the morning skate at the Air Canada Centre.
If Collins does play tonight, he will be the 11th defenseman the Caps have used this season (13 counting Sergei Fedorov’s time back there and Brooks Laich’s emergency shifts). That’s pretty incredible.