The Washington Capitals assigned four Skipjacks players to the Hampton Roads Admirals of the East Coast Hockey League in order to get them more ice time, team officials said.
Centers Vic Gervais and Harry Mews, defenseman Jiri Vykoukal and goalie Byron Dafoe will play in Friday's opener in Hampton, Va., against Columbus.
Dafoe, who has started three games for the Jacks with a 3.69 goals-against average, will return to the Jacks when Don Beaupre moves onto the Caps roster, which will probably be next Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Mews and Gervais have each seen minimal playing time for the Jacks, but could again be high-scoring forwards in the ECHL. Mews had 71 points in 55 games there last year and Gervais had 19 points in eight games.