The lovely Becca H over at Japer’s Rink has been using the offseason to evaluate all the top players at each position in the Metropolitan division. Mike Green and John Carlson made the list of top defensemen, and Braden Holtby also cracked the top ten in his respective goalie category.
Well, today was the day for the left wingers. Marcus Johansson, still unsigned, made the honorable mentions list. To my surprise, at least, Martin Erat came in at number six in Becca’s rankings. She admits that a decent part of this ranking is out of respect for his career accomplishments up to this point, because he didn’t exactly light it up for the Caps in his brief debut with the team last season. He was injured during the playoffs and didn’t make an impact in his short time in the series versus the New York Rangers.
I, and Becca, and I’m sure the rest of Caps fans, dearly hope that Erat justifies this ranking next season. Becca makes a solid point that the smooth-skating Erat will likely blossom under Oates’ system more-so than he ever did in Nashville’s rigid system, but still, that’s just a hope at this point. I’m still happy to have Erat on the team in place of Filip Forsberg, on the basis that Forsberg must have slipped in the draft for some reason, and I know Caps scouts sure know a heck of a lot more than me about prospect analysis. Erat is a solid two-way player that should return to form next season and be a contributor for this Caps team.
Rick Nash took the number one spot in Becca’s rankings, and you can read the rest of her article here.
I wonder where she’ll have Ovechkin on the list of top right wingers?