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Jay Beagle 2014-2015 Preview and Projections

After taking a look at Nicklas Backstrom yesterday, today we’re going to take a look at the other noteworthy center to play alongside Alex Ovechkin last season: Jay Beagle.

Jay Beagle’s 2013-2014 Season In Review

Jay Beagle actually had a pretty good season, considering he’s Jay Beagle. He set a career high in goals (four) and points (nine). He was fifth among all Capitals forwards in hits (95). He had yet another season of dominating in the faceoff circle (51.7%).

With that said, there were still some extremely concerning parts of Jay Beagle’s season. His 44.8% Corsi%, despite facing lesser competition and, thanks to his stint with Ovechkin, a pretty high quality of teammates, ranked 14th out of 17 eligible Capitals forwards. This is probably Adam Oates‘s fault, but for some reason, after being a stalwart on the penalty kill in 2012-2013 despite averaging over two minutes per game on the penalty kill, Beagle averaged under a minute per game in 2013-2014.

Greatest Moment In 2013-2014

Jay Beagle had his first multi-goal game in the NHL against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Worst Moment In 2013-2014

Every moment that Jay Beagle was on the ice at the same time as Ovechkin (outside of faceoffs in the dying seconds of a period, which would be completely understandable). Seriously, what in heaven’s name was going through Oates’s head? Hopefully Beagle is never Ovechkin’s center ever again.

 What To Expect From Jay Beagle In 2014-2015

I expect Jay Beagle to be a respectable fourth line center. If needed, he could be a serviceable third line center, but only for a short period of time. Seeing as how winning faceoffs is literally one of the only reasons that Jay Beagle is currently employed by the Washington Capitals, I expect him to continue to win at least half of his faceoffs. If he’s not doing that, his value drops significantly. I expect Jay Beagle to be a valuable member of the penalty kill. I don’t know what Oates was thinking (sensing a theme yet?) but how he could neglect to have Beagle in for penalty kills, especially when a right wing was taking faceoffs during penalty kills, is beyond me. Beagle’s other main skill is his ability to kill penalties. I’m confident that Barry Trotz will realize what Beagle’s skills are and how to utilize him. Obviously, Beagle won’t be winning any Art Ross Trophies during his career, that’s not the kind of player that he is. However, he is an above-average fourth line center with a special set of skills who is relatively cheap. That does have some value.

Bold Prediction

Jay Beagle will score a hat trick this season. Yup, I went there. Next up: Troy Brouwer

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