April 5, 2020

Washington Capitals Power Rankings: Week 2

Each Monday this season, District Sports Page will rank the active roster of the Washington Capitals “power ranking” style. Cause who doesn’t love a gimmicky, made-for-page-hits power ranking?

The Caps went 1-2-0 last week. They looked good on the power play, but much less so at 5-on-5, especially in their own end. Just two games this week: Thursday against Carolina and Saturday against Colorado.

Rank Player The Good, Bad or Ugly
1. Alex Ovechkin 4 goals, 2 assists, -1, 4 PIMs. Ovi’s picked up right where he left off last season.
2. Mikhail Grabovski 3-2-5, -1, 0 PIMs. Grabbo had a real big night in Chicago and is settling in nicely on the power play.
3. Nick Backstrom 1-3-4, even, 0 PIMs. Backstrom’s would-be goal in Dallas was waived off after he cross-checked Kari Lehtonen in the head.
4. Karl Alzner 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIMs. Karl is logging heavy minutes, befitting as his status as top defensive defenseman.
5. Mike Green 0-4-4, -3, 2 PIMs. Looked like he had a pair of goals in the opener until video review transferred them to Grabovski.
6. Marcus Johansson 0-4-4, +1, 0 PIMs. Was a passenger in Chicago but followed that up with a pair of nice games.
7. John Carlson 0-0-0, even, 0 PIMs. Carlson’s taken just four shots in three games. Expect him to get more involved in the offense this week.
8. Braden Holtby 0-2-0, 4.48, .848. Holtby’s had a couple of clunkers, but looked good against Dallas. He needs to justify Oates’ confidence in him this week.
9. Brooks Laich 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIMs. Laich has managed to stay in the lineup, but you wouldn’t have noticed it by his stat line.
10. Troy Brouwer 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIMs. Notice a theme? Caps have just three goals at even-strength. That’s just not gonna cut it.
11. Joel Ward 0-1-1, -5, 2PIMs. Most noticeable thing he did last week was get stuck in a toilet.
12. Jason Chimera 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIMs. Averaging 15:05 of ice time a night. What’s he doing with it?
13. Michael Neuvirth 1-0-0, 1.22, .964. Neuvy came on in relief in the win over Calgary   and stopped 27 of 28 shots against. That’s what you need from the back-up.
14. Eric Fehr 0-0-0, -6, 2 PIMs. That -6 is worst on the team. With no offense to back that up, Fehr’s minutes   might start to drop.
15. Tom Wilson 0-0-0, even, 5 PIMs. Wilson’s averaging just   6:16 on ice time a night, lowest of any forward still on the roster. How much is he learning at that rate?
16. Steve Oleksy 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs. Took Hillen’s spot against Dallas, but Oates won’t go with the off-hand shot at left D for very long, if at all.
17. Jay Beagle 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs. Snoopy’s back on the 4th line after Latta was sent out. Can only   do so much with what he’s got.
18. Connor Carrick 1-0-1, -2, 6 PIMs. Carrick had a rough first week in the bigs. Has shown promise for sure, but the penalties and responsibility breakdowns have to get cleaned up if he wants to stay.
19. Martin Erat 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs. Just 7:59 of ice time per night. They need to play him, either for production of trade value. 4th line duty with Jay Beagle is sucking all value from him.
20. John Erskine 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIMs. Big John is the poster boy for the Caps problems. He’s getting skated past every single night.
21. Aaron Volpatti DNP. Healthy scratches  first three games.
22. Michael Latta 0-0-0, even, 0 PIMs. Latta looked okay in Chicago, but was sent packing with the waiver claim of Alexander Urbom.
23. Jack Hillen 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIMs. Hillen will be out 4-to-6 months after the collision that left him with a fractured tibial plateau.
HM Alexander Urbom Honorable Mention: Claimed off waivers from New Jersey. Was their 4th ranked defensive prospect. Big (6’4, 215), a good skater and a left-handed shot, not that he uses it all that often.

Washington Capitals Power Rankings: Opening Night

Each Monday this season, District Sports Page will rank the active roster of the Washington Capitals “power ranking” style. Cause who doesn’t love a gimmicky, made-for-page-hits power ranking?

Anyway, it isn’t Monday but it is Opening Night. So without further ado, here’s our premier Power Ranking for the 2013-14 season.

Rank Player The Good, Bad or Ugly
1. Alex Ovechkin The Captain, Olympic torchbearer and reigning MVP gets the No. 1 setting by default. It’s still good to be Ovi.
2. Connor Carrick No one impressed more or rose through the depth chart higher in preseason than the 19-year-old D-man.
3. Tom Wilson The rookie bruiser makes the opening might roster. His stock is pretty high right now.
4. Eric Fehr A pretty terrific preseason find him now centering the Caps’ third line.
5. Karl Alzner This.
6. Mikhail Grabovski Looked real good blending in with his new teammates in preseason, and he’s a great quote to boot.
7. Braden Holtby Lots of eyes on Holtby this season, and not just in D.C. A good first half could translate into a trip to Sochi.
8. Michael Latta Another rookie on the opening roster. Can skate, has skill, will roughhouse. A good combo for fourth line.
9. Nick Backstrom Nicky has nothing to prove but continued good health.
10. John Carlson Captain America is poised for a big jump this season. Started very slow last year and needs to avoid a repeat.
11. Mike Green Health allowed him to regain his scoring touch last season.
12. Brooks Laich Staying medium on Brooksy. Plus: He’s in the lineup. Minus: Could be out at a moment’s notice.
13. Troy Brouwer Brouwer will hold onto the critical slot spot on the power play. Will the absence of Mike Ribeiro make that much of a difference?
14. Joel Ward The grinder just keeps on keepin’ on.
15. Jason Chimera Chimera was lucky the axe fell on Perreault instead of him and his $1.75 million salary. Goals dropped off in a big way last season.
16. Jack Hillen Hillen has a talented left-handed shot (Orlov) behind him at Hershey just champing at the bit.
17. Marcus Johansson He’s still young, and still a great skater. This is his third full season in the league, the Caps need to see production out of him and not just be a passenger on the top line.
18. Michael Neuvirth A developing franchise-caliber and potential Olympic goalie ahead of him, the “Next Big Thing” behind him. Neuvy’s in a precarious position.
19. Martin Erat From potential second line wing to fourth liner for “veteran presence”. Bet is he’ll bounce up quickly.
20. John Erskine Big John hasn’t done anything wrong, yet. But he (really, the team) is taking a lot of flak for his second-pair status.
21. Jay Beagle Healthy scratch. Tough way to start the season.
22. Aaron Volpatti Healthy scratch. Expect to see his name listed here often.
23. Steve Oleksy Healthy scratch on opening night in favor of Carrick.
HR Matthieu Perreault Honorable Mention: Oh, Matty P. We’ll miss your diminutive hustle and bench celebrations, Pocket Ovi. 

Washington Nationals Power Rankings–Week Ending June 10

Here’s a new feature for District Sports Page. Every week we’ll rank the players on the Washington Nationals 25-man roster, top-to-bottom, based on their perfomances in the last week and include a poignant, analytical or witty comment. It’s like every Power Rankings list you’ve ever seen, just using the Nats roster. [Read more…]

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