When it comes to athletes and bouncing back, most cases are for when the player has a bad season. Struggle one year? Get better next year. That equals bouncing back. But in the case of Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie, his only struggle is injuries. He will bounce back if he can play a whole 82 game season. We predict he will.
Oshie is back for his ninth season with the Capitals. He needs 42 more games played to reach the 1,000th career game milestone. Oshie finished last season with 58 games played and recorded 19 goals and 16 assists for 35 points.
Oshie dealt with injuries and he even was shut down at the end of the season. In his final 21 games, Oshie notched 18 points with nine goals and nine assists. That’s an average of 0.86 points per game.
That run also included 16 points with eight goals and eight assists during a 14 game stretch. That comes out to 1.14 points per game. That run came from Feb. 14 through March 15. His 10 multi point games last season tied him for the third most on the Capitals behind Alex Ovechkin and Dylan Strome. He was tied with Evgeny Kuznetsov.
There’s one thing about Oshie besides having the second best hair on the team. Sorry bro its Sonny Milano now with the best hair, still love you though. When Oshie is healthy he can score and he can score aplenty.
Before I predict his numbers let’s take one last look at the injuries. He was relatively healthy in 2019 20 before COVID ruined our lives. He played in all 69 games that season before the world went to doo doo. He would play in 53 games during the COVID shortened season.
The year before last season he appeared in just 44 games. Injuries and COVID messed things up. He bounced back stronger by playing in 14 more games last season.
So my prediction for Oshie is 24 goals and 23 assists for 47 points. I had to account for age in there. Even if he plays in 69 out of 82 games it’s still nice numbers.