With a lockout looming, NHL teams have been working to get the rosters of their American Hockey League affiliates set.

The Capitals assigned 21 players to the Hershey Bears on Friday. Included in the group were goaltender Braden Holtby and defensemen Dmitry Orlov, who are expected to be in the NHL whenever the 2012-13 season starts but will likely serve key roles for the Bears during a lockout.

Along with Holtby and Orlov, the other players assigned to Hershey were: forwards Mike Garman, Stanislav Galiev, Garrett Mitchell, Danick Paquette, Mattias Sjogren, Matt Clackson, Zach Hamill, Ryan Potulny and Ryan Stoa; defensemen Brett Flemming, Tomas Kundratek, Cameron Schilling, Dustin Stevenson, Kevin Marshall, Patrick McNeill and Garrett Stafford; goaltenders Brandon Anderson, Philipp Grubauer and Dany Sabourin.

Within that list are the eight players whom the Capitals placed on waivers earlier in the week. They all cleared waivers and will be able to report to Hershey. Some players in this group will wind up playing with the ECHL’s Reading Royals, like Paquette and Anderson.

Bears training camp is scheduled to open on Sept. 30.

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