Per Mike Vogel, the Caps have claimed defenseman Alexander Urbom off of waivers from New Jersey. The 22-year-old blueliner was selected 73rd overall by the Devils in 2009 and has split time between the AHL and NHL over the last three seasons.
Read up on Urbom here from the fans who knew him best, our friends over at In Lou We Trust.
From the team:
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have claimed defenseman Alexander Urbom off waivers from New Jersey, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Urbom, 22, recorded eight assists and 64 penalty minutes in 68 games with the Albany Devils of the America Hockey League (AHL) last season. The native of Stockholm, Sweden, has played in 14 career NHL games and collected two goals and nine penalty minutes.
Urbom registered 12 points (two goals, 10 assists), 33 penalty minutes in 50 games during the 2011-12 season and also represented the Devils in the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic. In 190 career AHL games, Urbom collected 43 points (four goals, 39 assists) and 161 penalty minutes.
The 6’4", 215-pound defenseman was drafted by New Jersey in the third round (73rd overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft.
And scouting reports galore, first from Hockey Prospectus:
Year in Review: Urbom was a very good defensive player in his third pro season, as he appeared to be on the verge of an NHL spot. However, his offensive game has failed to progress.
The Good: Urbom is a big, strong defenseman who projects to be a high-end or better physical player at the top level. His natural physical gifts are apparent, and he even elevated that part of his game this season. He is a mobile four-way skater who does not have fantastic speed but he keeps the play in front of him effectively. Urbom makes good defensive reads, and he does not hurt his team. He also works hard and competes well on the ice.
The Bad: At this point, Urbom looks like a replacement-level offensive player. At the NHL level, he will be a basic first-pass type of player and not a whole lot more.Projection: He could be a fringe second pairing/good third pairing defenseman.
A big and strong player. Urbom is more of a stay-at-home defenseman that likes to play physical and usually has good timing in his hits. Positioning is good. Leads the team with his solid play in the defensive zone. Contributed offensively to some extent in the Swedish juniors, but is likely to become more of a shut-down guy. Offensive smarts and technical skills are fairly average.
More from Hockey's Future:
Urbom is a physically imposing player who is slowly learning how to use this trait to his advantage after two full seasons in the AHL. He was deployed in a more defensive role last season, which helped him refine and simplify his game in his own end. He is sound positionally and doesn‘t get caught running around nearly as much as he used to. Urbom is a mobile and efficient skater in all directions and is not afraid to lead the rush offensively. His shot is above-average and he times his pinches along the wall and into the slot well to try and create scoring opportunities for himself.
And The Hockey News scouting report:
Assets: Has an excellent frame and the ability to play a tough, defensive game from the back end. Also boasts good mobility and some puck-moving upside.
Flaws: Needs to add even more strength in order to maximize his potential as a shutdown defender at the NHL level. Must work harder on his puck skills.
Career Potential: Big shutdown defenseman with some upside.
With Urbom in the mix, the Caps now have 24 bodies on the roster. Stay tuned...
UPDATE: The Caps have assigned Michael Latta to Hershey to make room for Urbom.