Top 3 candidates for Capitals sixth defenseman

Alex Alexeyev, Washington Capitals (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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Vincent Iorio, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Vincent Iorio, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

#2 Vincent Iorio

Joel Edmundson plays on the left side. So does Lucas Johansen and the guy we will mention on the next slide. Vincent Iorio plays on the right side. So why are we including him on this?

Trevor van Riemsdyk, whoever that winners potential partner is going to be, is versatile. He can not only play on the right side but can also play on the left side. So if Iorio makes the team, he can still play on the right no problem with TvR on the left.

Capitals head coach Spencer Carbery acknowledged such when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday:

"“Being able to flip someone to the left side like [van Riemsdyk], is something that we would for sure consider. And Iorio has played some games [in the NHL], and I thought he was solid [on Sunday vs. Buffalo] from going back through the film. So he is in that mix, too.”"

Iorio played in three games with the Caps last season and appeared in 15 Calder Cup playoff games for the Hershey Bears recording a goal and an assist for five points. He was selected by the Capitals with the 55th pick in the second round of the 2021 NHL Draft.