The Washington Capitals announced on Thursday afternoon that forward Zach Hamill has been traded to the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Casey Wellman. Hamill was in his first year with the Hershey Bears, Washington’s AHL affiliate, following a trade from the Boston Bruins over the summer. The former Bruin had quite an impact with the Bears this season, totaling 11 goals and 11 assists though 40 regular season games. He carved out a role on Hershey’s second line and also received time on the first power play unit along with a spot on Hershey’s penalty kill.
Wellman, 25, has spent this season with San Antonio in the AHL, contributing seven goals and 16 assists through 37 games. The former Minnesota Wild forward was traded to the Florida Panthers prior to joining the Bears. Wellman played 41 NHL games as a member of the Minnesota Wild, totaling four goals and nine assists. With the addition of Wellman, Hershey no longer has to scratch a veteran, giving defenseman Garrett Stafford an everyday role. The former Florida Panther could begin his tenure with the Bears on the first line, with Boyd Kane and Ryan Potulny.
Wellman will likely be in the Bears’ lineup this weekend for Hershey against the Manchester Monarchs and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.