Nathan Walker

by Pat Quinn on July 5, 2017

Nathan Walker, Australian, courtesy of RussianMachineNeverBreaks

Nathan Walker, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6’0

Weight: 192

Born: 1992-02-07

Hometown: Cardiff, Great Britain (Wales)

Drafted: Round 3 by the Washington Capitals, 89th overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

July 2017 - The high energy Walker finished his fourth AHL season registering 23 points in 58 games playing mostly in the bottom six. After returning from a broken hand Walker only had four points in the remaining 16 regular season games, and then later posted six points in 12 playof games. Walker will be looking to fight for a bottom six role on the Capitals this season as there is an opening on the roster, especially with the Capitals in such a cap crunch, but hemay have to battle a few cheap contracts to fourth liners signed as UFAs. Look for Walker to either win a role on the Capitals bottom six this season or be jettisoned from NHL to AHL as injuries occur. Pat Quinn

 

Jan 2017 - Walker broke his hand blocking a shot late in a game the Bears went on to win. It was awful timing as the Capitals head coaches were looking to call him up due to his energy role in Hershey and the injuries to the Capitals bottom six. Walker up to the injury had 19 points in 42 games as he managed to chip in to an almost 0.5 ppg rate in the Bears bottom six. Awful timing indeed. Pat Quinn

 

July 2016 - Walker produced his best season to date posting 41 points in 73 games but fell flat in the Calder playoffs for the Bears producing five points in 20 games. To be fair he was mainly used in a depth bottom six role, but was the first to fill in for any injured centre or winger in the top six for the Bears in the regular season and playoffs. Capitals' management currently see Walker as a speedy depth option to the bottom six in the future but admit there is more offense that could be had with him if he continues to develop properly. Walker will likely play a coupe NHL games next season as the Capitals keep a third line spot open to cycle the rookies and prospects through. Pat Quinn

 

Nov 2015 – Walker has recovered from last season’s year ending knee injury and successful surgery to be a regular member of the Bears’ line up. He has played in all 12 games so far, but only has two goals to show for it as he is getting eased back into the line-up. Pat Quinn

 

February 2015 – Walker sustained a right knee injury in an ECHL game over the weekend, and will be out for the rest of the season as he requires surgery to repair a torn ACL. Pat Quinn

 

January 2015 – Walker has yet to be used in a scoring role for the Hershey Bears this season due to the large amount of players currently occupying offensive minutes on the Capitals AHL affiliate, those who have already produced in the AHL for years. He was sent down to the ECHL for two games posting two points. At this point in time it appears Nathan Walker will need to play out this season and hope for an AHL offensive role in  2015-2016. Pat Quinn

 

November 2014 – Being the first ever Australian drafted into the NHL, even though he was born in Wales, Walker put up an average of about a point per game in most European leagues he played in (including the Czech U20 league). Back in North America he put up 27 points in 29 USHL games for the Youngstown Phantoms. The Capitals tried to sign him in 2013, but could not as he was still eligible for the 2014 draft, so he was signed by Hershey to an AHL contract. He put up unimpressive numbers but he dealt with injuries in his first pro season. Currently he has only two points in 13 games while playing throughout the line up for a Bears team that is not imposing offensively. Those two points have come in the last three games; this could be progress or just a blip. For now he appears to be a depth/bottom six option, but there is some skill there, and at 20 there is still time for him to find it. Pat Quinn

 

Fantasy Outlook: D

He does have the skill to be a second liner, but has not shown much as a pro yet

 

Footage:

Walker becomes the first Australian to score in AHL history

 

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