The Washington Capitals, the parent club of the AHL’s Hershey Bears, have acquired forward Daniel Winnik and a fifth-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft (Anaheim’s selection, previously acquired by Toronto) from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Brooks Laich, defenseman Connor Carrick and a second-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced on Sunday.
Carrick, 21, registered six points (one goal, five assists) in 37 career NHL games with Washington. The 5’11”, 194-pound defenseman earned 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 47 games with the Bears (AHL) this season and has recorded 72 points (18 goals, 54 assists) in 133 career AHL games with Hershey. Carrick appeared in 10 2015 Calder Cup Playoff games with the Bears tallying four points (2-2-4) and he earned a spot on the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic roster. Carrick was drafted by Washington in the fifth round, 137th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.