Capitals: Handing out player grades on the season so far

Alex Ovechkin, Michal Kempny, Washington Capitals (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Alex Ovechkin, Michal Kempny, Washington Capitals (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

#19 Nicklas Backstrom

Nicklas Backstrom is having a bit of a down season with just 12 goals and 42 assists for 54 points but he still remains an impact player on the Capitals top six forwards. Backstrom averages 19:01 of ice time and has improved his Corsi For percentage from 49.9 percent last season to 53.3 percent this year.

Grade: B

Lars Eller, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Lars Eller, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

#20 Lars Eller

Ah yes, the Tiger. Lars Eller scored 16 goals and tied a career-high 23 assists for 39 points before the pause. He’s arguably one of the best third line centers in the league and we’re lucky to have him. Coming up in the clutch when the Caps need him the most gets him bonus points.

Grade: B+

Garnet Hathaway, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Garnet Hathaway, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

#21 Garnet Hathaway

We loved the Garnet Hathaway addition as he’s been a huge upgrade to the fourth line. He has nine goals and seven assists for 16 points and is just three goals away from his career-high. Through 69 games with 13 to go, he has an opportunity to do that if the NHL decides to continue the season.

Grade: B+

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Nic Dowd, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

#26 Nic Dowd

Nic Dowd recorded seven goals and eight assists for 15 points. His Corsi For percentage is at 52.9 percent while his Fenwick For is 54.2 percent. He’s just one goal away from tying his career-high from last season.

Grade: B+