Nathan Walker, Australian, courtesy of RussianMachineNeverBreaks

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He can become a speedy depth NHL checking line player


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July 2019 – Walker has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Blues.  Jokke Nevalainen

March 2019 – Walker still has a small chance to carve out an NHL career, though it will not be at all fantasy relevant (unless you count hits). Walker has put up 31 points in 49 games for the Bears, is wearing an “A”, and when called up he registered an assist in three games. At 25 he may just become a top AHL player who is signed for NHL depth. Pat Quinn

May 2018 – Walker was claimed on waivers once he did not make the Capitals NHL roster (thanks to GMBM signing two more experienced bottom six forwards) initially, and played two games in Edmonton until he was put back on waivers and re-added by the Capitals and sent to the AHL. He then played 40 games in the AHL posting 22 points before being called back up for the Capitals’ playoff run. He managed to score a goal in the NHL becoming the first Australian to do so. Walker stood out in one playoff game for the Capitals as he is such a fast player. In the future he can become a great penalty-killer and a good bottom-six player that all teams want. Pat Quinn


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 Upside 4.5
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country AUS
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 7, 1994
Height 5‘8”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2014 Round 3; Overall: 89


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 HC Vitkovice U18Czech U181 0 00 2|        
 2008-2009 HC Vitkovice U18Czech U1833 6 915 16|Playoffs5 1 01
 2009-2010 HC Vitkovice U18Czech U1828 22 2042 47|Playoffs2 2 24
  HC Vitkovice U20Czech U2023 5 510 16|Playoffs1 0 00
  Sydney Ice DogsAIHL4 0 11 0|        
  New South Wales U18Tange Trophy7 19 928 23|        
 2010-2011 HC Vitkovice U18Czech U1810 4 1014 22|        
  HC Vitkovice U20Czech U2037 20 2242 20|        
  Sydney Ice DogsAIHL3 1 12 6|        
  AustraliaWC D24 4 26 4|        
 2011-2012 HC VitkoviceSpengler Cup4 2 13 4|        
  HC Vitkovice U18Czech U180 0 00 0|Playoffs3 4 15 14 
  HC Vitkovice U20Czech U2014 14 620 16|Playoffs3 0 11
  HC VitkoviceCzech34 4 59 8|Playoffs1 0 00
  HC OlomoucCzech22 0 11 4|Playoffs5 0 00
  AustraliaWC D1B5 2 02 4|        
 2012-2013 HC Vitkovice U20Czech U2013 12 1224 42|        
  HC VitkoviceSpengler Cup3 0 11 0|        
  HC VitkoviceCzech20 0 11 29|        
  Draci SumperkCzech23 0 11 2|        
  Youngstown PhantomsUSHL29 7 2027 63|        
 2013-2014 Hershey BearsAHL43 5 611 40|        
 2014-2015 Hershey BearsAHL28 1 34 30|        
  South Carolina StingraysECHL6 2 24 0|        
 2015-2016 Hershey BearsAHL73 17 2441 41|Playoffs20 2 35 11 
 2016-2017 Hershey BearsAHL58 11 1223 33|Playoffs12 2 46
 2017-2018 Edmonton OilersNHL2 0 00 2|        
  Washington CapitalsNHL7 1 01 4|Playoffs1 0 11
  Hershey BearsAHL40 9 1322 36|        
 2018-2019 Washington CapitalsNHL3 0 11 2|        
  Hershey BearsAHL58 17 2239 54|Playoffs9 1 45 24 
 2019-2020 St. Louis BluesNHL5 1 12 4|        
  San Antonio RampageAHL46 19 1332 29|