Every Capitals player's superhero character
Every Capitals player's superhero character
They're faster (on the ice) than a speeding bullet, their checks are more powerful than a locomotive, they can skate over poke-checks in a single bound. Look! On the ice! It's the Washington Capitals!
It's not hard to picture your favorite athletes as superheroes. If each of the Caps players were heroes, which ones would they be?
PICTURE CREDIT: All pictures from USA TODAY Sports, Marvel and DC Comics
Nicklas Backstrom - Wonder Woman
How long has Wonder Woman lived in the shadow of other members of the Justice League like Superman and Batman? No one questions that she's great, but when you think of "superheroes," she never seems to be at the top of anyone's list.
It took a Stanley Cup and a recent movie for people to finally realize what Backstrom and Wonder Women really are: Bad ass.
Madison Bowey - Green Lantern
Bowey is a young defenseman with a skillset as diverse as a Power Ring.
"In brightest day, in blackest night,
no forward shall escape his sight.
Let those who try to score with all their might,
beware his power, Madison Bowey's light!"
Andre Burakovsky - Thor
Thor may be known for his hammer, but he always seems to be losing it. Seriously, every Thor story is either him doing epic things with his hammer or figuring out how to get it back.
We all know how much skill Burakovsky has, but he is either lighting up the scoreboard or in the midst of a scoring slump. There isn't much in between.
John Carlson - Batman
Is he or isn't he?
While all sane people know that Batman absolutely IS a superhero, there are those who still doubt the world's greatest detective. And yet he still manages to save Gotham again and again.
There are still those out there who believe Carlson is not an elite, superstar defenseman even after how great he was all season for the Stanley Cup champs, but he sure got paid like one. Had he hit the open market, that contract probably would have been even higher.
Yes, he's a superhero and a pretty darn good one at that.
Brett Connolly - Deadpool
Deadpool was a dangerous assassin even before he became a superhero, but was left for dead after his superpowers emerged. Connolly was going to be a superstar when he was drafted sixth overall by the Tampa Bay, but his NHL career was left for dead when he was not qualified by Boston in 2016. Connolly emerged from the ashes, signed with the Caps and has been showing just how dangerous he can be ever since.
Pheonix Copley - Robin
Copley will start the 2018-19 season as the backup to Braden Holtby. While the fate of "Gotham" may rest mainly on Holtby's shoulders, his job will be made a lot easier if Copley can prove to be the Boy Wonder.
Christian Djoos - Spider-Man
That scrawny kid could not possibly be a superhero capable of climbing walls and saving cities. There's also no way he could be an NHL defenseman.
Peter Parker and Djoos may not look like your typical hero or professional athlete, but they both prove looks can be deceiving.
Lars Eller - Black Panther
A hero emerged from a foreign land that few people know much about or have even actually seen. That place, of course, is a land called "Denmark."
"Hero" is the only word to describe Eller after he scored the season-saving overtime goal against Columbus and the Cup-clinching goal against Vegas. Maybe he had some vibranium in his stick.
Braden Holtby - Iron Man
Off the ice, Holtby is just a regular guy. Sure, he's got a flair for style, but it's not until he puts on his
suit pads that he becomes truly super.
Michal Kempny - Aquaman
Who cares about a weird mere-man when you've got Batman or Superman? When the Joker gets a submarine, you can give Aquaman a call. Otherwise, what good is he?
Who cares about a depth defenseman who can't stay in the lineup in Chicago? What good is he?
Chances are, you didn't know much about or pay much attention to Aquaman or Kempny until this year, but you sure know who they are now.
Evgeny Kuznetsov - Thanos
Kuznetsov simply snapped his fingers and Pittsburgh's season ceased to exist.
Matt Niskanen - Professor X
What makes Niskanen such a great defenseman? It's not his physicality. It's the way he always seems to be in the right position to make the play, almost as if he can read a forward's mind.....
Dmitry Orlov - Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange was a brilliant surgeon until a car accident damaged his hands. After the accident, however, Strange's hands were still powerful, but it was with magic instead of surgery.
A broken wrist kept Orlov out for the entire 2014-15 season, but he continues to show he still has plenty of magic left in those hands.
Brooks Orpik - Wolverine
Orpik has been playing hockey for a long, long time. It seems like he's been in Washington forever, but there was a time he played in Pittsburgh. Before that, you can find video of him and Liev Schreiber playing hockey during the Civil War, World War I and World War II.
Plus, you know Orpik can regenerate. Heck, he lost part of his pinky in the playoffs in the Stanley Cup Final and still didn't lose any playing time.
T.J. Oshie - Captain America
The only thing missing from Oshie's epic shootout performance against Russia in the Sochi Olympics was the shield.
Alex Ovechkin - Superman
Truly, Ovechkin can do it all.
Devante Smith-Pelly - The Punisher
Smith-Pelly was traded away by Anaheim and Montreal and then bought out by New Jersey. While that may not be quite as bad as watching your family get killed by the mob, it still seemed to motivate DSP.
There's only one word to describe the Punisher and what DSP did to opposing goalies in the playoffs: Brutal.
Chandler Stephenson - Ant-Man
When a team plays against the Caps, Stephenson is not the guy they are worried about. In fact, they may not even notice him at all, but you forget about him at your own risk. He showed that at various moments throughout the season such as when he scored twice against the Philadelphia Flyers or scored the game-tying goal in Game 3 against Pittsburgh.
Don't overlook Stephenson just because he plays a smaller role. That's when he makes a giant impact.
Jakub Vrana - The Flash
The Flash isn't just really, really fast. All his reflexes are superhuman to the point that he violates the laws of physics. That perfectly describes Vrana.
Everyone knows how fast he is, but when you can score a goal with no one even noticing, that's just superhuman.
Tom Wilson - The Hulk
You wouldn't like Wilson when he's angry.