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Bowey, Carrick battle for top blue line prospect


Bowey, Carrick battle for top blue line prospect

With the Capitals’ rookie camp set to begin Sept. 11 in Estero, Florida (training home of the Tampa Bay Lightning), we thought we’d spend this week examining the organization’s top prospects at each position. Today, the blue line:


Connor Carrick

Ht/Wt: 5-11, 185

Age: 21

Acquired: Drafted in 5th round (137th overall) in 2012

Games: 73 (AHL, Hershey)

Goals: 8

Assists: 34

Points: 42

Plus-minus: Minus-8

Penalty minutes: 132

Power play goals: 4

Scouting report: After appearing in 34 games for the Capitals in 2012-13 – probably before he was ready, Carrick did everything he was asked in his first full season in the AHL, leading all Hershey defensemen in points. Carrick’s 132 penalty minutes were by far the most of his career and just 30 of them came via six fighting majors. Carrick’s size makes him a vulnerable target and he will need to prove he can take big hits in the NHL before getting a shot on the Caps’ bottom pairing. He will also need to cut back on those penalty minutes if he hopes to be a reliable, full-time NHL defenseman.  

Madison Bowey

Age: 20

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 195

Acquired: Drafted in 2nd round (53rd overall) in 2013

Games: 58 (WHL, Kelowna)

Goals: 17

Assists: 43

Points: 60

Plus-minus: Plus-38

Penalty minutes: 66

Power play goals: 6

Shorthanded goals: 2

Scouting report: The Caps could not be happier with the development Bowey has made since his draft year two summers ago. Bowey can skate like the wind, has good offensive instincts and learned to play a shutdown role in his final season in Kelowna last season. His overall skill set is probably good enough to put him on the Caps’ opening night roster, but he’ll need to learn to play against men and spending at least half a season in the AHL would do wonders for Bowey’s development and confidence. The Caps need to take it slowly with Bowey and all indications are they will, but he has the potential to be a top-four blue liner for them at around the same time Brooks Orpik begins showing his age.

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Christian Djoos

Age: 21

Ht/Wt: 5-11, 158

Acquired: Drafted in 7th round (195th overall) in 2012

Games: 50 (Swedish League, Brynas)

Goals: 5

Assists: 12

Points: 17

Plus-minus: Minus-10

Penalty minutes: 22

Scouting report: In two seasons in the Swedish League, Djoos has shown he can move the puck quickly out of his own zone by either carrying it or head-manning it, but he’ll need to prove he can do it at the pro level. He’s one of three rookies --  Bowey and Tyler Lewington are the others – competing for a job with the Bears this season, with one likely to begin the season with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. Djoos is undersized but has the offensive upside to keep things interesting at training camp.

Tyler Lewington

Age: 20

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 189

Acquired: Drafted in 7th round (204th overall) in 2014

Games: 69 (WHL, Medicine Hat)

Goals: 9

Assists: 36

Points: 45

Plus-minus: Plus-25

Penalty minutes: 113

Power play goals: 2

Scouting report: Lewington plays bigger than his body suggests but he added an offensive flair to his game last season, establishing career highs in goals, assists and points. Lewington’s teammates and coaches rave about his leadership qualities and his compete level is off the charts. A first-year pro, it would not be a surprise if he started the season in South Carolina and quickly made the jump to the AHL.   

Jonas Siegenthaler

Age: 18

Ht/Wt: 6-3, 220

Acquired: Drafted in 2nd round (57th overall) in 2015

Games: 41 (Swiss League, Zurich)

Goals: 0

Assists: 3

Points: 3

Plus-minus: Plus-4

Penalty minutes: 39

Scouting report: You can’t teach size and Siegenthaler has plenty of it. He impressed the Caps’ coaching staff in his first development camp with his skating ability and physicality and he’ll be in Estero getting a longer look during the four-team rookie tournament that includes the Lightning, Panthers and Predators. Siegenthaler is expected to return to Zurich next season, where he’ll continue to work on his overall game under the eye of former NHL coach Marc Crawford.

Connor Hobbs

Age: 18

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 187

Acquired: Drafted in 5th round (143rd overall) in 2015

Games: 45 (WHL, Regina/Medicine Hat)

Goals: 2

Assists: 16

Points: 18

Plus-minus: Plus-6

Penalty minutes: 36

Scouting report: Hobbs is a hard-skating, hard-hitting blue liner who was taken by the Capitals one round before they took his Regina defense partner Colby Williams. Hobbs will require some seasoning under former NHL head coach John Paddock in his third season in the WHL, which will begin without Williams, who suffered an upper-body injury in July, by his side.

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3 reasons the Caps beat the Stars

3 reasons the Caps beat the Stars

The Washington Capitals had not beaten the Dallas Stars at home since 2006, Alex Ovechkin's second season in the NHL. That streak ended on Tuesday in a 4-3 Caps win.

Here's how the Caps were finally able to down Dallas in Washington.

Oshie still hot

After going 19 straight games without a goal, T.J. Oshie has been red-hot of late with four goals in his last four games. He scored Washington’s first goal in what would become a three-goal period for the Caps as they battled back from a 1-0 deficit into a 3-3 tie through 40 minutes. Oshie also added an assist as he won a power play faceoff that John Carlson fed to Alex Ovechkin for the goal.


Ovechkin victimizing his favorite target

You knew Ovechkin would score given he was playing against one of his favorite targets. With his second period goal, Ovechkin now has 22 goals against Kari Lehtonen in his career, tied with Henrik Lundqvist for the most goals he has scored on any netminder. Lehtonen has not been in the Eastern Conference since the 2008-09 season. When he goes to sleep at night, Ovechkin is who he sees in his nightmares.

The Carlson-Klingberg duel

Carlson and John Klingberg entered Tuesday’s game each with 59 points, tied for the league lead in points among defensemen. Carlson downplayed the matchup both before and after the game, but it was clear that both players were playing at another level all game long. While both players tallied two points on the night, you have to give the win to Carlson as he had the most significant point, a game-winning goal in the third period.


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Tarik's 3 Stars: Ovechkin further cements his place in history

Tarik's 3 Stars: Ovechkin further cements his place in history

Alex Ovechkin further cemented his place in NHL history, John Carlson stayed hot and Braden Holtby was good when called upon as the Caps downed the Stars, 4-3, at Capital One Arena on Tuesday night.

The victory was Washington’s fifth in the past six games. It also marked the Caps’ first win over Dallas in D.C. since 2006.

Tarik’s three stars of the game:

1-Alex Ovechkin, Capitals

Ovechkin scored his 44th goal of the season and the 602nd of his career in the second period to give the Caps a short-lived 3-2 edge in the second period.

The goal put Ovi back atop the league as he seeks a seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy. It also pushed him past Jari Karri and into sole possession of 19th place on the NHL’s all-time list. Ovechkin has now victimized Kari Lehtonen 22 times, which is tied for the most goals he’s scored against a single netminder. (Henrik Lundqvist has also given up 22 goals to No. 8). Ovi also had a couple of secondary helpers.

2-John Carlson, Capitals

Carlson scored the game-winner 4:59 with left to play, blasting a one-timer past Lehtonen to put the Caps ahead 4-3.

Carlson also notched an assist, which allowed him to stay even with Dallas’ John Klingberg. Klingberg had two assists. Both players ended the game with 61 points—tied for the most among all NHL defensemen.    

3-Alexander Radulov, Stars

From his first shift, it was apparent that Radulov was determined to leave his mark on the game. And he did just that, recording a goal, an assist and boarding minor that bloodied Caps defenseman Michal Kempny. Radulov’s goal—a redirection of a John Klingberg shot—was his 26th and it evened the score, 2-2, in the second period.

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