The Washington Capitals shuffled rookie right wings today, returning Mark Lofthouse to Hershey and calling up Eddy Godin from the American Hockey League club.
Lofthouse, the Capitals' No. 2 draft choice, had scored one goal in seven games with Washington. Although he saw frequent action, that happy occasion in St. Louis was the only time Lofthouse was on the ice when a goal was scored, so he departed with a plus-one rating.
"Mark is big and strong, and I think he's going to be a late bloomer," said coach Tom McVie. "But he has a lot to learn about the fundamentals of playing right wing, when to do certain things."
Godin, the team's No. 3 draft pick, collected eight goals and 10 assists in 15 games at Hershey. He joined the Capitals before tonight's game here against the Boston Bruins.
Lofthouse started at right wing on the Guy Charron-Bobby Sirois line Wednesday, but was quickly benched and did not participate in the rally that earned the Capitals a 2-2 tie with Atlanta. Defensive specialist Ron Lalonde, who scored the tying goal at the left wing on that line, with Sirois flopping to the right side, was expected to remain part of the No. 1 alignment.