Caleb Herbert
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Caleb Herbert

Hometown:

St. Paul Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-10-12

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2010

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

5th round (142nd overall), 2010

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2007-08: Caleb Herbert finished with 1 goal and 3 assists with 6 PIM in six games for Bloomington-Jefferson HS as he missed most of his sophomore season after suffering a broken leg.

2008-09: Herbert began his season with Team USA at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka U-18 tournament in Slovakia. He scored both of his goals in the team’s final game, a 6-5 win over Switzerland, and was named player of the game as the USA finished 1-3 in the tournament. In 24 games with Bloomington-Jefferson he scored 26 goals with 20 assists and 30 PIM. The Jaguars won the Lake Conference with a 24-1 record and thumped Shakopee and Burnsville in the Section 2AA tournament before falling to perennial power Edina, 5-0.

2009-10: Herbert was the co-leading scorer of the pre-season Minnesota High School Elite League and then led Bloomington-Jefferson to a second straight sectional final appearance. In 24 games for Team South East in the MHSEL, he scored 15 goals with 27 assists and had 40 PIM in 24 games. During the high school season, he scored 26 goals with 29 assists and had 42 PIM. The Jaguars, after finishing fourth in the Lake Conference during the regular season, avenged an earlier 3-1 loss to Burnsville with a 4-3 overtime win to advance to the Section 2AA finals of the Minnesota State Tournament. Herbert scored twice, including a third-period, power-play goal to tie the game at 3, and also had an assist. Edina eliminated the Jaguars for the second year in a row in the sectional final, 4-1. Herbert was a finalist for the Mr. Hockey award. He was selected by the Sioux City Musketeers in the 2010 USHL Entry Draft and committed to playing college hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2011-12.

2010-11: Herbert scored at nearly a point-per-game pace for the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers and also competed in the 2011 U19 World Junior A Challenge. Herbert led the Musketeers with 23 goals and had 27 assists with a -8 plus/minus and 61 PMs in 51 regular season games. He was held scoreless in three playoff games vs. Sioux Falls and was -1 with 4 PMs. In four games at the Junior A Challenge he had 2 goals with 1 assist and 6 PMs.

2011-12: Herbert stepped right into the lineup for Minnesota-Duluth as a freshman; finishing as the Bulldogs’ fourth-leading scorer. Playing both center and winger and often matched with senior Travis Oleksuk and Lightning prospect J.T. Brown, Herbert scored 14 goals with 19 assists and was plus-16 with 30 penalty minutes. Minnesota-Duluth finished second in the WCHA; falling to Denver in the semifinals of the league tournament in double overtime. In the NCAA tournament they beat Maine before falling to national champion Boston College in the Northeast Regional.

2012-13: Herbert played in 35 of 38 games for Minnesota-Duluth as a sophomore and was the Bulldogs’ fourth-leading scorer. He scored 6 goals and was second on the team with 19 assists and was -11 with 53 penalty minutes. Minnesota-Duluth struggled for much of the season, finishing ninth in the WCHA, and was swept by Wisconsin in the first round of the WCHA tournament. The Bulldogs failed to win 20 games for the first time since 2007-08.

2013-14: Herbert signed a two-year entry-level contract with Washington in March 2014 following his junior season at Minnesota-Duluth and made his pro debut with Capitals’ AHL affiliate Hershey. He scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes in seven games with the Bears, who missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the East Division. Herbert led the Bulldogs in points and penalties in his final season of college hockey. He scored 12 goals with 19 assists and was +2 with 85 penalty minutes. The Bulldogs tied Western Michigan for fourth place in the inaugural season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and were swept by the Broncos in a best-of-three NCHC quarterfinal series. 

Talent Analysis

Herbert has high-end offensive skill, a good mind for the game, and great speed. Despite average size for a pro forward, he plays a combative style and is a willing participant in the physical areas. He added some bulk and strength during his college career. He looks to have potential both as a supplementary scorer and as an energy, two-way lower line forward and his skating ability and stick handling and passing skills — along with his sense for finding open areas and creating scoring chances — are an attractive skill set.

Future

Herbert is in his first season of pro hockey in 2014-15 after leaving the University of Minnesota-Duluth a year early. With several veterans in the lineup for Capitals' AHL affiliate Hershey, he has seen limited time with the Bears and has spent most of the season with the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays. Herbert's goal scoring and feistiness with the Stingrays have been encouraging signs but until he can play in the AHL on a consistent basis it is difficult to gauge his long-term potential. With several world class forwards already in Washington, the Capitals could afford the luxury of allowing a player like Herbert time to develop.A a teammate of New Jersey Devils’ 2010 draft pick Joe Faust at Bloomington-Jefferson High School, he was a more productive offensive player at the college level and appears to have some upside in that area at the pro level.

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