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Capitals Recall Osala From Hershey, Reassign Aucoin, Helmer

Wednesday, Dec. 10th, 2008

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Oskar Osala from the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Hershey Bears and reassigned Keith Aucoin and Bryan Helmer to Hershey, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Osala (OH-sah-lah), 20, is a first-year pro who stands 6’4”, 225 pounds. He has played in 26 games for Hershey this year and is second on the team and third in the league (first among rookies) with 16 goals. His 22 points rank sixth on the team and he shares the AHL lead at +17
The Vaasa, Finland, native was the Capitals’ fourth-round choice, 97th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Espoo Blues in Finland last season and registered 35 points (18g-17a) en route to winning the league’s Rookie of the Year honors. Osala played for Finland in the 2007 World Junior Championship and shared the tournament lead in goals with five.

Osala, No. 48 with Washington, is available to make his NHL debut tonight at home against Boston.

Aucoin, who leads the AHL in points with 36, rejoins Hershey after playing three games with Washington. Helmer, who is the active AHL games played (869) and assists (350) leader, is Hershey’s captain and rejoins the Bears after recording one assist in six games with the Capitals.



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