NHL Washington Capitals

Wojtek Wolski Could Have a Bright Future with the Washington Capitals

With the Washington Capitals struggling early in this lockout-shortened 2012-2013 season, they are going to have to rely on key new players to get them back into gear. Sure, wins are usually produced at the top with the ultimate goal-scorers, but there are a few players on the squad that interest me with their possibilities of “game changing ability”.

Possibly the most interesting move of the Capitals 2012-2013 off-season was the acquisition of Wojtek Wolski. Picking up Wolski was a risk on the part of GM George McPhee. Wolski, a player who needs a fresh start, scored only 12 points in his injury-riddled 2011-2012 season. Playing with the New York Rangers, he was demoted as the year went on, and would eventually be dumped off to the Florida Panthers for a prospect. His days in Florida were short, only playing in 22 games and not seeing the ice come playoff time.

Wolski is looking for his fresh start here in Washington. Coach Adam Oates is very high on the 26 year old winger out of Poland, but Wolski might only have this year to recapture his form and be the player that the Capitals think he is. He is only inked to a one year deal, so this kid will have to contribute in every facet of the game, the interesting one being his shootout game.

Labeled by some “The King of Shootouts”, Wolski is currently ranked 9th among all active players in shootout goals. He has a percentage of close to 45% and could make a difference down the stretch for a Capital team who could be dealing with a lot of tight games.