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Capitals prospect report: The Caps’ deadline moves could have a major impact on their prospects

Capitals prospect report: The Caps’ deadline moves could have a major impact on their prospects

Chase Priskie is having one heck of a year for Quinnipiac. In his senior season, he leads all defensemen in the nation with 17 goals, ranks second among defensemen in points with 39 and is tied for fifth in the nation in game-winning goals with six. He broke a team record for most career goals by a defenseman with 39 and has the most career points among active defensemen in the nation with 116.

Priskie’s strong season has netted him a Hobey Baker nomination and, as a 2016 draft pick of the Capitals, it sounds like someone the team could be interested in signing once his season ends.

But they can’t.

Washington acquired Carl Hagelin and Nick Jensen and shipped out Madison Bowey. The extra player now brings the total number of contracts in the organization to 50, the maximum allowed.

Here’s where things get complicated.

Because Priskie just finished his fourth year with his college team, per my understanding of the CBA, the Caps will only retain his rights through and including Aug. 15, but he becomes a free agent after that if he has not been signed by Washington.

According to the New Haven Register, the Caps wanted to sign him last year, but Priskie elected to return to college after a disappointing finish to the season.

“My initial intentions were to leave and sign,” Priskie said. “But I thought I could leave more of a legacy at this program. I want to be one of the best players to ever come out of here. That’s my goal. I hadn’t obtained that after my junior year. I decided there was no rush and that it would be best to come back and mentor the big freshman class we had coming in.”

This begs the question, just what will Priskie do when Quinnipiac’s season ends?

Priskie has used up his four years of eligibility with the NCAA. The Caps will not be able to sign him until they move a contract. Just to clarify, players who are under contract do not necessarily have to be playing in the NHL so sending a player to Hershey does not count. Alex Alexeyev is technically under contract even though he is playing in the WHL.

Barring any offseason trades, that means Priskie will have to wait until the start of free agency on July 1 when current contracts expire before Washington will be allowed to sign him.

Sure, Priskie could choose to stick with the team that drafted him in the sixth round in 2016 and he may do just that. If he has to wait until July 1 at the earliest, however, Aug. 15 is not all that far off. It may be tempting for him to wait those few extra weeks and test free agency.

Other prospect notes:

  • Hershey’s point streak ended on Sunday with a 5-1 loss to Bridgeport. The Bears went 16-0-0-1 with 11 straight wins before the loss. The team went 44 days between regulation losses and, with a record of 31-21-0-3, has already surpassed its win total from last season. They climbed from last place in the Atlantic division all the way up to third with 67 points, three head of fourth place Providence and seven ahead of Lehigh Valley, the first team out of the playoffs.
  • Riley Barber and Mike Sgarbossa were Hershey’s leading scorers over the point streak with 18 points apiece.
  • Barber’s hat trick on Friday was the second of his career.
  • Ilya Samsonov has allowed two or fewer goals in eight straight starts. He has dropped his GAA all the way down to 2.77, a significant improvement from the 3.88 he had after the first 15 games of the season.
  • Garrett Pilon leads all Bears rookies in assists (18) and points (23).
  • Aaron Ness leads Hershey’s defensemen with 39 points and is second in the AHL among defensemen in assists (36).
  • The Saskatoon Blades have reached the WHL playoffs for the first time since 2003, thanks in large part to prospects Eric Florchuk and Kristian Roykas-Marthinsen. Florchuck, a 2018 draft pick for Washington, has 20 goals and 45 total points while Roykas-Marthinsen has 12 goals and 27 points.



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Alex Ovechkin's message amid George Floyd protests: 'Respect and love each other'

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Alex Ovechkin's message amid George Floyd protests: 'Respect and love each other'

While we all miss hockey and sports, there are things a heck of a lot more important than sports going on in our country right now and Alex Ovechkin added his voice on Monday with a hopeful Twitter message.

Washington, D.C., like much of the country, is experiencing massive protests in the wake of the senseless death of George Floyd. While Ovechkin may not be American, he certainly has become a public figure in Washington and he tweeted out a message asking everyone to "respect and love each other."

Stay safe out there everyone.


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Capitals assistant coach Reid Cashman named head coach at Dartmouth

Capitals assistant coach Reid Cashman named head coach at Dartmouth

Capitals assistant coach Reid Cashman will be leaving Washington to become the head coach at Dartmouth, the Caps announced Monday. The news was first reported by ESPN's John Buccigross.

"The Washington Capitals congratulate Reid Cashman on being named the head coach of Dartmouth College men’s hockey team," a statement from the team read. "We appreciate his tireless work ethic and contributions to the organization over the past four seasons, both with the Capitals and the Hershey Bears, working with the organization’s defensemen. Cashman will remain in his capacity as an assistant coach for the remainder of the season before joining Dartmouth."

The 2019-20 season was Cashman's second behind the bench in Washington where he coached primarily the team's defensemen. After his playing career, Cashman returned to his alma mater, Quinnipiac, as an assistant coach for three seasons and an additional two as associate coach. He then was hired in Hershey as an assistant coach for two years before joining Todd Reirden's staff in Washington.


Cashman had some big shoes to fill by when he came to Washington as he, ironically enough, had to replace Reirden as the team's defensive coach. Reirden had helped coach the defense to a Stanley Cup as a member of Barry Trotz's staff in 2018. Washington's goals against per game in the last two seasons was 3.02 and 3.07, both of which were higher than any of the four seasons with Reirden coaching the defense under Trotz.

Cashman will remain with the Caps through the 2020 postseason, according to the team's statement.

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