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Lindsay Lohan's cousin making big impression on Caps

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Lindsay Lohan's cousin making big impression on Caps

There are two things that stand out about 6-foot-6, 220-pound defenseman Kevin Lohan, who is spending this week as a free agent invitee at the Capitals’ annual development camp. His size and his last name.

For the record, Lohan confirmed on Wednesday he is the younger cousin of actress Lindsay Lohan, although it was not a subject he wanted to expound upon.

“We’re family, but I usually don’t say much about it,” said Lohan, who at 21 is eight years younger than Lindsay. “I kind of try to worry about myself and myself only. You can only control what you can control. You can’t control others.

“To be honest, I haven’t seen her in a while. We were close when we were younger. Everyone kind of went their separate ways.”

While Lindsay, who is from New York, pursued her acting career, Kevin Lohan spent his childhood playing hockey and waiting to grow. A native of ColdSpringHarbor on Long Island, Lohan said he didn’t gain a pound between his freshman and sophomore years of high school, but sprouted from 5-foot-9 to 6-foot-4 during his junior year.

“My feet grew like six sizes,” Lohan said. “I was getting a new pair of skates every two months. My Dad was not happy.”

No, but the University of Michigan was. The Big 10 school recruited Lohan from the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Junior A League and a little less than a year ago Lohan caught the attention of Capitals amateur scout Will Nichol, who noted interest in the big blue liner.

Lohan responded with a strong second season for the Wolverines, recording two goals and eight assists in 37 games and leading the team with 59 blocked shots. That was enough for the Capitals to extend an invitation to their five-day development camp, which runs through Saturday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

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“I know my role,” Lohan said. “I’m not going to go out there and get points. I’m a stay-at-home defenseman who tries to contribute (offensively) here and there. I try to shut down other teams’ top lines and use my stick really well.”
Lohan said he still needs to work on his skating, speed and power, but he hopes to someday join the long list of Michigan alumni now playing in the NHL, a list that includes Max Pacioretty, Carl Hagelin, Andrew Cogliano and Jacob Trouba.

“I’m still raw,” he said, “but if I keep working hard, one day I can get to the next level.”

 

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

Alan May knows a thing or two about the trade deadline.

Over the course of his NHL career, May was traded five total times, four at the trade deadline. He sits down with Rob Carlin on a special edition of the Capitals Extra Podcast to tell stories from his playing days about what it was like getting traded.

This one's a can't miss for hockey fans. You can listen to the episode here on the Capitals Extra page or with the player below.

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NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?

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NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?

The Hart Trophy is given to the player judged to be the most valuable to their team. With the Caps currently struggling in almost every aspect of the game, consider this: Just where would they be without Alex Ovechkin?

Washington ranks 10th in the NHL in goals per game with 3.05. Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals with 36. He has scored an incredible 19-percent of his team's goals. No one on the Caps is within 20 goals of the Caps' captain.

That's not a typo. Evgeny Kuznetsov ranks second on the team with 16 goals. No other team in the league has a larger separation between its top two scorers. In fact, only three teams have a difference that's in the double digits: Vancouver (11), San Jose (10) and New Jersey (10).

Ovechkin is almost singlehandedly propping up Washington as a top-ten offense. If you think about just where this offense would be without him, there's a pretty strong case to be made that Ovechkin is as valuable to his team this season as any other player in the league.

SEE THIS WEEK'S 2018 NHL AWARDS TRACKER HERE

Here are the Caps' hopefuls for awards this season:

John Carlson

In contention for: Norris

Carlson is fifth among all defensemen with 45 points, but his case goes beyond the numbers. With a blue line that has featured two rookies the majority of the season, an aging veteran in Brooks Orpik and that had to deal with an injury to Matt Niskanen, the Caps have asked a lot of Carlson this season and he has always been up to the task.

Alex Ovechkin

In contention for: Hart

Few players, if any, are as important to their team's offensive production and therefore its success than Ovechkin has been this season.

Check out who the top candidates are for the league's major individual awards in this week's 2018 NHL Awards Tracker!