Happy Tuesday everyone. Today’s news and links about the Washington Capitals!
- The Hockey News predicts that the Washington Capitals will finish in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division and return to the playoffs. (CSN Washington)
The ‘Bible of Hockey’ has the Capitals finishing in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division behind the playoff-bound Penguins, Blue Jackets and Rangers. Finishing below the Capitals in the Metro, and on the outside of a playoff position, are the Flyers, Islanders, Devils and Hurricanes
- Believe it or not, there are still people out there who think Alex Ovechkin is not a franchise player. This article debunks that myth. (Washington Post)
There should be an emphasis placed on having an elite center like Sidney Crosby (considered the league’s premier player) and Jonathan Toews (a former Selke winner as the NHL’s best defensive forward and two-time Cup champion), but should you really want the remainder of Ryan Getzlaf’s career over Ovechkin’s? Or 36-year-old Pavel Datsuyk, who received a vote but wasn’t among the top 13 listed?
- When will Andre Burakovsky be ready to make an impact at the NHL level? (Japers Rink)
- Craig Laughlin took the Ice Bucket Challenge, and he challenged two of his colleagues, including Alan May. (Capitals Outsider)
- Besides being Australian, here’s what Washington Capitals fans can expect from Nathan Walker. (The Hockey Writers)
He has strong instincts when he doesn’t have the puck on his stick and his good vision enables him to put himself in good situations to create offensive opportunities. Walker never got the chance to really show off his shot throughout the year with 75 shots on goal during the 2013-14 season, less than two per contest.
There is definitely potential for Walker to become a bottom six forward in the NHL level, but it’s important to recognize he’ll be a role player, not an impact performer. He has a strong compete level on the puck and along the boards, along with no fear of going in front of the net, as displayed throughout his first year in Hershey. With the NHL game evolving, Walker’s speed is an asset that makes him valuable in hockey today. The narrative and hype surrounding the possibility of Walker becoming the first Australian to play in the NHL shouldn’t hinder your opinion on his game.