May 24, 2022

Building a lineup out of the Caps’ castaways

Mike Ribeiro addressing media during Washington Capitals Development Camp Day 6 Scrimmage at Kettler,  7/14/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Mike Ribeiro addressing media during Washington Capitals Development Camp Day 6 Scrimmage at Kettler, 7/14/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

After seeing Filip Forsberg and Mike Ribeiro torch the Washington Capitals last Saturday, fans in the Verizon Center were left wondering, what if?

What if former general manager George McPhee had held onto the team’s top prospect in Forsberg and found a way to re-sign Ribeiro? Would those players be producing at the rate they are now for the Nashville Predators? How much better would a Caps’ team that lacks secondary scoring look with Forsberg’s 59 points and Ribeiro’s 60?

Those are the questions that will keep fans up at night. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals trade Filip Forsberg for Martin Erat

The Washington Capitals have traded Swedish minor leaguer Filip Forsberg to the Nashville Predators for winger Martin Erat (4 g, 17 a in 2013) and AHL center Michael Latta, the Capitals announced this afternoon after the 3:00 pm NHL Trade Deadline.

Erat, 31, is a left-handed shooting right winger, had a career-high 19 goals and 39 assists last season and has broken the 50 point mark in five of the last six seasons. Latta, 21, will report to AHL Hershey. He ranked second on AHL Milwaukee in points and ranked first in assists among active players.

Capitals GM George McPhee will address the media soon and we’ll have a full report later.

Washington Capitals sign top draft pick Filip Forsberg

The Washington Capitals have signed forward Filip Forsberg to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Friday morning. Forsberg will earn $832,500 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level, per the team’s press release. [Read more…]

Capitals select Filip Forsberg with No. 11 draft pick

As team after team used their picks on defensemen in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Washington Capitals finally came up to the podium with Filip Forsberg, Mikhail Grigorenko, Radek Faksa, and Olli Maata still available for the taking. Prior to the draft, it seemed impossible that such highly-rated players would still be up for grabs at the No. 11 spot, but it left the Capitals with a wealth of very talented options.

With the No. 11 pick (from Colorado in the Semyon Varlamov trade), the Capitals decided to go Swedish. Forward Filip Forsberg — originally ranked as the No. 1 European skater by the CSS, No. 4 by the ISS, No. 2 by The Hockey News and No. 3 by TSN — greeted Capitals general manager George McPhee on stage, where he was handed a red jersey.

Forsberg (as Joe Beninati would say, no relation to legend Peter) is an absolute steal at No. 11, after the previous seven teams in the draft order opted for defensemen and forwards saw their stock start to fall. Forsberg is an incredibly versatile forward with the ability to play both wings as well as center. He’s a two-way forward who could stand to put on some weight, but he has the frame (6’2″) to potentially become a large defensive forward.

Forsberg arguably plays his strongest game in the defensive zone, but his numbers on offense weren’t very impressive in the past year in Sweden’s Tier II professional league. However, he made a splash with scouts at last summer’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (U-17), scoring four goals in five games. Some scouts say his past season’s statistics should not be indicative of his talent — he has a very strong, accurate shot, is a very good skater, and possesses great hockey sense.

Erika Schnure is a Contributor to District Sports Page, specializing in Washington Capitals prospects. She has been a hockey writer since 2010.

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