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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Brendan Leipsic, Washington Capitals (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Brendan Leipsic, Washington Capitals (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

#28 Brendan Leipsic

Brendan Leipsic joined his fifth NHL team this summer when the Caps signed him in free agency. He has three goals and eight assists for 11 points. Ever since the Kovalchuk addition, Leipsic has been the odd man out of the lineup with Panik taking over on the fourth line. Despite less playing time, he still posted a solid Corsi For percentage at 53.2 percent.

Grade: C

Ilya Samsonov, Washington Capitals (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Ilya Samsonov, Washington Capitals (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

#30 Ilya Samsonov

One of the biggest questions of the offseason was whether or not the team would bring up Ilya Samsonov during the season to get him a good look at NHL action. Head coach Todd Reirden named him the backup prior to the season and so far he’s enjoyed a solid rookie campaign of going 16-6-2 in 22 starts with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.

Grade: A

Radko Gudas, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Radko Gudas, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

#33 Radko Gudas

Radko Gudas has enjoyed a solid first season in Washington and there’s debate going on for whether or not to re-sign him after the season. He has two goals and 13 assists for 15 points as well as a Corsi For percentage of 50.4 percent and a Fenwick For percentage of 49.4 percent.

Grade: B

Jonas Siegenthaler, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Jonas Siegenthaler, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

#34 Jonas Siegenthaler

Jonas Siegenthaler has been the backbone of the bottom pair of the defense throughout the season. He has a career-high two goals and seven assists for nine points, a Corsi For percentage of 50.7 percent and a Fenwick For percentage of 51.9 percent. No sophomore slumps for Siegenthaler.

Grade: B