A Look at ‘New’, ‘Old’ Boys of Washington Capitals
The Makings Of A Great Washington Capitals Team
The Washington Capitals can boast the likes of superstar Alex Ovechkin among their longest tenured players along with Nicklas Backstrom and future James Norris Memorial Trophy winner Mike Green.
Ovi, Backs and Greenie are now part of Washington’s woodwork, with a whopping 1,483 combined games in a Capitals uniform. They’ve certainly lived up to the expectations surrounding them when they first entered the NHL.
Ovechkin’s soon to be legendary status is well known by now. He has 381 goals and 369 assists in his career. He’s still fairly young at 28, and his final goal tally is anybody’s guess. I’m going to go with 800 plus.
Ovechkin leads his team, and Backstrom supports it. The selfless Swede has just over one point for each of his 425 games including an astonishing 316 assists. He has six full seasons under his belt at 25 years of age, so we can expect another 12-to-15 more seasons from him.
Green, 28, is six goals short of 100 as a defenseman — and there aren’t too many D-men who can boast that kind of statistic. He also holds the NHL record for most consecutive games with a goal scored by a defenseman.
Of the newly-acquired Caps, two stand out as a pair who will complement the “big three” nicely in the coming years.
Tom Wilson, one of the youngest players in the NHL at just 19, is a player with exceptional skills and he’s never afraid to drop the gloves. He hasn’t scored yet this season, but he will. Furthermore, the Caps now have a genuine enforcer.
Mikhail Grabovski, 29, is only 12 games into his Capitals career, but the signs are there that he’ll eclipse the respectable stats he recorded with his former club, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Let’s take a look now at Grabo, Wilson and the “big three.” These are five guys who can lead the Capitals to a Stanley Cup win one day.
Grabovski describes himself as “emotional” on the ice and it’s evident in his shifts. He’s currently on pace to better his finest NHL season. If he sticks around for a few years in DC, he’ll eventually climb the Caps’ scoring charts.
Wilson is a triple threat for the Capitals, a proven goal scorer, lightning fast on the ice and fearless in fights. GM George McPhee was wise not to send the 19-year-old back to the junior league.
Green hasn’t scored yet this season, but his seven assists have come in handy. He tallied an incredible 31 goals in 2008-09 and a healthy Green is capable of beating that mark in the coming years.
Backs is back to his old trick of having five more assists than goals. His "best supporting actor" accolade aside, he’s the past, present and future of his franchise.
It’s hard to imagine Ovi in any other NHL uniform. He is the face of the Washington Capital franchise, and with the right supporting cast, he will lift the Stanley Cup for his team one day. Maybe he has the right supporting cast this season?