When the Caps open their seven game preseason slate Monday night against the Devils in Newark, here’s how they are expected to line up based on the media notes:
Riat – Stephenson – Oshie
Burakovsky – Boyd – Chiasson
Walker – Eller – Elgestal
Malenstyn – Graovac – Barber
Djoos – Carlson
Ness – Lewington
Johansen – Chorney
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A few observations:
- It is indeed a youthful lineup, as Coach Trotz promised.
- Chiasson, who is on a PTO, had an assist in Sunday’s scrimmage and has the appearance of a guy who’ll make the opening night roster. The question, at this point, seems to be whether he’s a regular in the lineup or a spare this season. A strong preseason could help him clinch the former option.
- Walker has enjoyed a strong first few days of camp, crushing the conditioning test and chipping in with a goal in the first scrimmage. They want him to lock down the fourth line spot vacated by Daniel Winnik, who was not re-signed. Here’s the Aussie’s first chance to make a closing argument.
- I suspect Ness has a pretty good chance of landing on the opening night roster. But the 27-year-old faces some competition from a handful of hungry youngsters. A strong preseason showing could cinch things for him.
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