Sanford was recalled before the Capitals-Hurricanes game on Tuesday night, so the move was unrelated to anything that happened in the game. T.J. Oshie blocked a shot with his foot and went to bench in pain, but he didn’t miss a shift for the rest of the game. Jay Beagle blocked a shot on a penalty kill in the third period and also hobbled to the bench in discomfort. He continued playing.
Both players practiced on Wednesday. Sanford’s addition gives the Capitals 13 forwards, one extra.
“We wanted to get a look at him,” Trotz said. “We want to sit down and talk and see where he is. … We brought him back up here to practice with us because we thought it’d be good timing for it.”
Said Sanford: “There’s a lot to gain, I think. Just seeing the older guys who have been doing it for so long, and maybe down in Hershey, there’s not as many of those guys. A guy like [Justin Williams] or even [Evgeny Kuznetsov], doing the little tricks he does, you kind of pick up on those things and maybe try them out yourself and if they work, stick with them.”
Signed by the Capitals out of Boston College this past summer, Sanford has one assist in 20 games with Washington. He made the opening night roster out of training camp. Sanford was drafted by the Capitals in the second round, 61st overall, in the 2013 NHL draft. He has scored 14 points (nine goals and five assists) in 24 games with Hershey this season.
“I think I’ve always been pretty good at staying in the moment,” Sanford said. “There’s a team down there looking to make a playoff run, too. If I can be a part of both runs and maybe help both teams, I think that would maybe be the best case. I think everyone down there is all in when they’re there, and they’re all in when here.”