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Bowey, Carrick battle for top blue line prospect

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Bowey, Carrick battle for top blue line prospect

With the Capitals’ rookie camp set to begin Sept. 11 in Estero, Florida (training home of the Tampa Bay Lightning), we thought we’d spend this week examining the organization’s top prospects at each position. Today, the blue line:

DEFENSE

Connor Carrick

Ht/Wt: 5-11, 185

Age: 21

Acquired: Drafted in 5th round (137th overall) in 2012

Games: 73 (AHL, Hershey)

Goals: 8

Assists: 34

Points: 42

Plus-minus: Minus-8

Penalty minutes: 132

Power play goals: 4

Scouting report: After appearing in 34 games for the Capitals in 2012-13 – probably before he was ready, Carrick did everything he was asked in his first full season in the AHL, leading all Hershey defensemen in points. Carrick’s 132 penalty minutes were by far the most of his career and just 30 of them came via six fighting majors. Carrick’s size makes him a vulnerable target and he will need to prove he can take big hits in the NHL before getting a shot on the Caps’ bottom pairing. He will also need to cut back on those penalty minutes if he hopes to be a reliable, full-time NHL defenseman.  

Madison Bowey

Age: 20

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 195

Acquired: Drafted in 2nd round (53rd overall) in 2013

Games: 58 (WHL, Kelowna)

Goals: 17

Assists: 43

Points: 60

Plus-minus: Plus-38

Penalty minutes: 66

Power play goals: 6

Shorthanded goals: 2

Scouting report: The Caps could not be happier with the development Bowey has made since his draft year two summers ago. Bowey can skate like the wind, has good offensive instincts and learned to play a shutdown role in his final season in Kelowna last season. His overall skill set is probably good enough to put him on the Caps’ opening night roster, but he’ll need to learn to play against men and spending at least half a season in the AHL would do wonders for Bowey’s development and confidence. The Caps need to take it slowly with Bowey and all indications are they will, but he has the potential to be a top-four blue liner for them at around the same time Brooks Orpik begins showing his age.

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Christian Djoos

Age: 21

Ht/Wt: 5-11, 158

Acquired: Drafted in 7th round (195th overall) in 2012

Games: 50 (Swedish League, Brynas)

Goals: 5

Assists: 12

Points: 17

Plus-minus: Minus-10

Penalty minutes: 22

Scouting report: In two seasons in the Swedish League, Djoos has shown he can move the puck quickly out of his own zone by either carrying it or head-manning it, but he’ll need to prove he can do it at the pro level. He’s one of three rookies --  Bowey and Tyler Lewington are the others – competing for a job with the Bears this season, with one likely to begin the season with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. Djoos is undersized but has the offensive upside to keep things interesting at training camp.

Tyler Lewington

Age: 20

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 189

Acquired: Drafted in 7th round (204th overall) in 2014

Games: 69 (WHL, Medicine Hat)

Goals: 9

Assists: 36

Points: 45

Plus-minus: Plus-25

Penalty minutes: 113

Power play goals: 2

Scouting report: Lewington plays bigger than his body suggests but he added an offensive flair to his game last season, establishing career highs in goals, assists and points. Lewington’s teammates and coaches rave about his leadership qualities and his compete level is off the charts. A first-year pro, it would not be a surprise if he started the season in South Carolina and quickly made the jump to the AHL.   

Jonas Siegenthaler

Age: 18

Ht/Wt: 6-3, 220

Acquired: Drafted in 2nd round (57th overall) in 2015

Games: 41 (Swiss League, Zurich)

Goals: 0

Assists: 3

Points: 3

Plus-minus: Plus-4

Penalty minutes: 39

Scouting report: You can’t teach size and Siegenthaler has plenty of it. He impressed the Caps’ coaching staff in his first development camp with his skating ability and physicality and he’ll be in Estero getting a longer look during the four-team rookie tournament that includes the Lightning, Panthers and Predators. Siegenthaler is expected to return to Zurich next season, where he’ll continue to work on his overall game under the eye of former NHL coach Marc Crawford.

Connor Hobbs

Age: 18

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 187

Acquired: Drafted in 5th round (143rd overall) in 2015

Games: 45 (WHL, Regina/Medicine Hat)

Goals: 2

Assists: 16

Points: 18

Plus-minus: Plus-6

Penalty minutes: 36

Scouting report: Hobbs is a hard-skating, hard-hitting blue liner who was taken by the Capitals one round before they took his Regina defense partner Colby Williams. Hobbs will require some seasoning under former NHL head coach John Paddock in his third season in the WHL, which will begin without Williams, who suffered an upper-body injury in July, by his side.

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues shutout Sharks 5-0 to win Game 5

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues shutout Sharks 5-0 to win Game 5

The St. Louis Blues won a decisive Game 5 against the San Jose Sharks 5-0, pushing the Sharks to the brink of elimination.

The Blues are now one win away from their first Stanley Cup Final since the 1969-70 season, where they lost to the Boston Bruins in a sweep.

St. Louis started the scoring early when Oskar Sundqvist netted his second goal of the series in the first five minutes of the game. 

Jaden Schwartz then tallied his first goal of the game off a juicy rebound in front of Martin Jones to start the scoring in the second period. It was Schwartz's 10th goal of the playoffs, which tied him for third all-time in Blues history for goals in the postseason.

Vladimir Tarasenko added to the Blues lead off a penalty shot. He's the first player in Blues franchise history to score a penalty shot goal in the playoffs.

Schwartz then added two more goals in the third period for a hat-trick. The first came on a 5-on-3 power play advantage off a scramble in front of the net, and the second came from a backdoor one-timer pass from Tarasenko.

Schwartz now has 12 goals these playoffs, and it's his second hat-trick of the playoffs.

Blues goalie Jordan Binnington recorded 21 saves for a shutout, and he's the first rookie goalie to accomplish that feat for the Blues.

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues pull even with Sharks with 2-1 win

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues pull even with Sharks with 2-1 win

The St. Louis Blues' two-goal first period powered them to a win over the San Jose Sharks, and the series is now tied.

The Blues started with a goal 35 seconds into the game. Ivan Barbashev picked off a Brent Burns exit pass and flung it towards the net for the games opening goal. 

Barbashev is the second Blues player to score in the first minute of a game these playoffs. Jaden Schwartz is the other player.

Tyler Bozak scored the game-winning goal for the Blues on a power play off a scramble in front of the net.

The Sharks responded when Thomas Hertl poked the puck past the goal line after Jordan Binnington thought he had the puck covered. Hertl now has 10 goals this postseason for the Sharks, and the team now features 10 or more players to score 10+ goals in the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.

Binnington's 29 save performance gave him his 10th win of the playoffs, the most of any Blues goaltender in franchise history.

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