- The Washington Times - Friday, February 16, 2007

To make room for returning defenseman Brian Pothier, the Washington Capitals assigned one of the team’s top young prospects, Mike Green, to Hershey.

Pothier, who leads the team in ice time at 24:59 a game, was activated from the injured reserve list after missing 10 games because of a concussion he suffered after being hit Jan. 18 against Carolina.

Green, drafted 29th overall in 2004, was the Caps’ third first-round pick that year behind left wing Alex Ovechkin and fellow defenseman Jeff Schultz. After playing 22 games for Washington last season, Green made the roster coming out of training camp this year.

He has played 54 games for the Caps this season, registering two goals and eight assists while averaging 16:24 of ice time.

Schultz played in four games in late December and then was recalled for the game against the Hurricanes in which Pothier was injured. He has seen his playing time increase recently, logging more than 20 minutes in three of the team’s four previous games.

Defenseman John Erksine also was activated from the injured reserve list after missing 29 games with a broken ankle. Lawrence Nycholat, who had been a scratch for the past five games, was placed on IR with an undisclosed injury.

Corey Masisak

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