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Galiev, Vrana add plenty of skill on right side

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Galiev, Vrana add plenty of skill on right side

With the Capitals’ rookie camp set to begin Sept. 12 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, right wing:

RIGHT WING

Stan Galiev

Ht/Wt: 6-01, 187

Age: 23

Games: 67 (AHL, Hershey)

Goals: 25

Assists: 20

Points: 45

Plus-minus: Plus-5

Penalty minutes: 24

Power play goals: 15  

Scouting report: Hershey Bears coach Troy Mann made Galiev a healthy scratch at the start of last season, then saw him become the Bears’ leading goal scorer. Mann spent this year’s development camp touting Galiev as a player to watch when training camp rolls around. Galiev impressed the Caps enough to earn a two-year contract extension and if matched with the right linemates the skilled forward could be an excellent third- or fourth-line option for the Capitals.     

Jakub Vrana

Age: 19

Ht/Wt: 5-11, 185

Games: 44 (Sweden, Linkoping)

Goals: 12

Assists: 12

Points: 24

Plus-minus: Plus-3

Penalty minutes: 12

Power play goals: 2

Scouting report: Vrana reported early to Kettler and looks more muscular than he did just eight weeks ago at development camp. Blessed with high-end speed and a hard, accurate shot, Vrana has top-six talent but likely will be tested in the rough-and-tumble AHL before the Caps give him a look with the big club. With the proper coaching, Vrana could be a late-season callup who contributes at the NHL level sooner than many think, although his $894,166 cap hit may be cumbersome to fit under the ceiling.    

Chris Brown

Age: 24

Ht/Wt: 6-2, 215

Games: 64 (AHL, Hershey)

Goals: 17

Assists: 11

Points: 28

Plus-minus: Plus-3

Penalty minutes: 70

Power play goals: 5

Scouting report: A big body who can skate well and hit hard, Brown is coming off a solid season in Hershey but will need to step up all areas of his game if he hopes to be used at the NHL level, especially with the budding talent that’s around him.

Riley Barber

Age: 21

Ht/Wt: 6-0, 194

Games: 38 (NCAA, Miami-Ohio)

Goals: 20

Assists: 20

Points: 40

Plus-minus: Plus-6

Penalty minutes: 12

Power play goals: 6

Shorthanded goals: 2

Scouting report: After three years at Miami, Barber will turn pro this season and is ticketed to begin the season in Hershey, where he will compete for a spot on one of the top two forward lines. Barber is a do-it-all forward who can kill penalties, play on the power play and score at even strength. The only question is how well he can perform at the AHL level. This should be a big year of development for Barber, who has never played more than 40 games since the 2010-11 season.  

 

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Being an Olympic hero is not all T.J. Oshie has in common with 2018 U.S. Women's hockey team

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Being an Olympic hero is not all T.J. Oshie has in common with 2018 U.S. Women's hockey team

Four years ago, Capitals forward T.J. Oshie was the shootout king in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. This time around Gigi Marvin was one of the Americans who provided the extra-time heroics for Team USA at Pyeongchang, carrying the women’s hockey team to the gold medal.

Ironically enough, they both were the King and Queen of their high school’s dance back in 2005.

Marvin and Oshie both went to Warroad High School in Minnesota. They graduated from the same class in 2005. Nearly every high school in the country would wish for just one Olympian, this one got two legends in one class.

Oshie famously took the puck six times for Team USA in a shootout to beat Russia back in 2014. Marvin scored the first tally of the shootout in the gold medal game against Canada. The United States would go on to win the match in seven rounds.

Oshie would go on to congratulate his fellow Warroad alum after the match.

Whoever cast the deciding votes, must have known that these two destined for glory. One could now call them the King and Queen of Olympic shootouts.

RELATED: USA WOMEN WIN GOLD OVER RIVAL CANADA

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Caps prospect watch: Boyd dedicates 4-goal performance to daughter after week in the hospital

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Caps prospect watch: Boyd dedicates 4-goal performance to daughter after week in the hospital

It would have been understandable if Travis Boyd struggled this past week. Something more important was on his mind.

Boyd spent the week in the hospital with his daughter, Hayden, who had been experiencing pain in her throat. He spent the enitre week in the hospital, not leaving until Hershey's game against Laval.

Boyd turned this trial into something incredible as he scored four goals Friday in Hershey's 6-3 win.

Boyd spoke about the ordeal with Zach Fisch of the Bears Radio Network (transcription via RMNB).

“It actually started after the game last Sunday against Rochester," he said. "I went straight from the rink to Urgent Care and then from Urgent Care to the ER. Never left the hospital until Friday morning. We had a successful surgery on Thursday night. Basically just a bad infection in her throat that had to be surgically removed. They had to surgically go in and kind of remove the bacteria and drain out the fluids. Everything went well. She’s doing well.”

Following the game, Boyd dedicated his performance to Hayden.

A four-goal game at the AHL level would have been an incredible accomplishment on its own. The fact that it came during such a trying time for him makes this a truly inspirational story.

You can watch highlights of the game including all four of Boyd's goals here:

CHECK OUT THIS WEEK’S UPDATED CAPS’ PROSPECT RANKINGS HERE

Other prospect notes:

  • In the Bears' game Friday against Laval, Riley Barber dropped the gloves with Markus Eisenchmid.  Barber was given an extra minor and game misconduct for instigating the fight in the final five minutes of the game. That penalty carries with it an automatic one-game suspension which Barber served Saturday. Here's a look at the fight.

  • Liam O'Brien had a pair of two-goal games over the week, scoring twice against Laval Friday and then two more against Toronto on Monday. Of his four goals, three of them were empty netters.
  • As the Capitals prepare for their Stadium Series game in Annapolis on March 3, Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley—a native of Perth, Australia—made a plea to see Nathan Walker recalled for the game.  “I’ll have to put a quick shout out to the one Australian that’s playing for the Caps now, Nathan Walker. If you could just bring him up for this game, that’d be great. Because an Australian being in a hockey game is like a Jamaican bobsled team. It doesn’t happen very often.”

  • Brian Pinho was honored Friday in Providence College's Senior Night. He has served as captain of the team this season and as an assistant captain in his junior year. He spoke with The Cowl on what being a leader on the team means to him. "I think being a leader of this team is a great honor, but also a huge responsibility. I try to keep everything fun at the rink, while also bringing some intensity and competing hard every day.” You can read the full story here.
  • Goalie Adam Carlson, who was on loan to the Indy Fuel of the ECHL, was reassigned to the Kansas City Mavericks also of the ECHL. He started two games for his new team and turned aside 42 of the 48 total shots he faced.

Who are the Caps' top 10 prospects? Find out here in his week's updated rankings.