The Washington Capitals on Friday recalled defenseman Nate Schmidt from the team's American Hockey League affiliate the Hershey Bears.

The move was necessary after defenseman John Erskine sustained an upper-body injury on Thursday in a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Additionally the Capitals assigned defenseman Connor Carrick and center Michael Latta to Hershey.

Schmidt who spent three seasons at the University of Minnesota played eight games with the Bears last season and had one goal and four points. He had one goal in one game in Hershey this season.