The Capitals rookies are getting the job done this season.
Connor McMichael has four points in his first nine games for Washington this season. Martin Fehervary and Hendrix Lapierre have held their own on their respective positions in the absence of veteran presence. Brett Leason has put up two goals and an assist in just four appearances in red this season.
Most recently, Leason put up the Caps’ lonely goal in their 2-1 home defeat to Philadelphia on Saturday night. While the goal itself might have seemed unspectacular, one stat that came from it is nothing if not a good omen.
For just the second time in Washington franchise history, four rookies were on the ice for a goal—Leason, McMichael, Lapierre and Fehervary. The only other time that happened was on Nov. 19, 2005, when Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Tomas Fleischmann, and Jakub Klepis donned Caps colors.
Alex Ovechkin’s career went on to become legendary. Brooks Laich and Tomas Fleischmann combined for 18 years in the nation’s capital, putting up 462 collective points. Jakub Klepis played just 66 games for Washington but tallied a respectable 14 points at center.
Obviously, there’s no guarantee that Washington’s current young guns will go on to have the careers of their predecessors. Their production this season, however, has been impressive under the tutelage of the veterans above them on the depth chart.
Leason, McMichael, Lapierre and Fehervary have a combined age of 83. When they’re on the ice together, as shown on Saturday, they have potential to become some centerpieces for the franchise in the coming years.