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Capitals breakdown: Jeff Schultz


Capitals breakdown: Jeff Schultz Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2011-12 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every weekday in alphabetical order. Today: Jeff Schultz
Jeff SchultzPosition: Defense
Age: 26
HtWt: 6-6, 230
Games: 54
Goals: 1
Assists: 5
Points: 6
Penalty Minutes: 12
Plus-Minus: Minus-2
Average Ice Time: 15:17
Contract Status: 2 years remaining on 11 million contract 2.75 million cap hit in 2012-13

Strengths: For a guy taken with the 27th overall pick of the 2004 NHL draft, Schultz was reduced to a part-time player in 2011-12, playing just 54 games, his lowest total since his rookie year. Schultz proved two years ago that he could be an effective defense partner for Mike Green, finishing with an NHL-best plus- 50 rating, but saw those totals and his ice time fall under Dale Hunter. Schultz is still big enough and strong enough to be a steady stay-at-home defenseman and will benefit from a coaching change.

Weaknesses: Schultz has never been the quickest or most physical defenseman and assistant coach Jim Johnson worked hard with him to improve both areas of his game. If Schultz can play a little meaner in front of his own net he still has a chance to be a shut-down defender. But at 26 he needs to do it on a regular basis if he wants to stay in the league after his contract expires.

Memorable Moment on the ice: It wasnt exactly a shining moment, but Schultz scored his only goal of the season on Feb. 13 in a 5-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks that was best remembered for goaltender Braden Holtbys surprise start over Michal Neuvirth. Roman Hamrlik and Dmitry Orlov also scored for the Capitals, the only time three Caps defensemen lit the lamp in the same game.

Memorable Moment off the ice: On Jan. 11, with Mike Green sidelined by an abdominal injury, the Capitals recalled defenseman Tomas Kundratek from the Hershey Bears and made Schultz a healthy scratch for the 12th time in 14 games. Schultz thought it was a matter of time before the club moved him.I have a lot of great friends here, he said. I dont want to be put in a situation where (a trade) comes up, but I want to play. Thats kind of the bottom line. Hopefully, I get in the lineup here or something works itself out. Nothing ever really worked itself out and Schultz found himself in and out of the lineup all season.

2012-13 Expectations: At 26, Schultz needs to re-establish himself as a reliable shut-down defenseman capable of logging big minutes. Whether that comes as a member of the Capitals or he needs a change of scenery remains to be seen, but at 2.75 million it will be difficult for the Caps to move Schultz this summer.

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Capitals Draft Tracker


Capitals Draft Tracker

The 2018 NHL Draft starts on Friday with the first round and runs through Saturday. Here's a running tracker of the Caps' picks.

1st round, 31st overall: D Alexander Alexeyev, WHL, 6'4", 196 pounds

The Caps' first first-round pick sine 2016, Alexeyev is a smart two-way defenseman with good size.

Read more on him here.

2nd round, 46th overall (from Florida, via New Jersey): D Martin Fehervary, Allsvenskan (Sweden), 6'2", 194 pounds

A physical style defenseman who is very strong in his own end, but does not have much offensive upside. Sort of a throwback style of play which makes him a surprise pick this high.

2nd round, 47th overall (From Colorado): F Kody Clark, OHL, 6'1", 179 pounds

Kody Clark boasts an NHL pedigree as the son of Wendel Clark, a first-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs who recorded 330 goals and 564 career points in 763 NHL games.​

3rd round, 93rd overall: F Riley Sutter, WHL, 6'3", 203 pounds

Riley Sutter also boasts a strong NHL pedigree as the son of Run Sutter and nephew of Darryl Sutter.

Riley is a power forward who played alongside Caps prospect Garrett Pilon on the Everett Silvertips in the WHL and recorded 53 points in 68 games last season.

4th round, 124th overall: 

6th round, 186th overall: 

7th round, 217th overall: 

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GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson


GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson

DALLAS—The Caps are “really close” to signing star defenseman John Carlson to a long-term extension, GM Brian MacLellan said Friday night.

“We’re getting closer,” MacLellan said following the first round of the NHL Draft. “Hopefully we can get it done here over the next few days. We’re really close.”

Earlier in the day, the Caps cleared significant space under the salary cap ceiling by trading Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to Colorado for a second round draft pick (47th overall). 

That space will now be used to lock up Carlson, who could become the best defenseman on the open market if he were to reach it.

MacLellan met with Carlson’s agent, Rick Curran, here on Thursday night.

MacLellan did not divulge any figures, but it’s expected that Carlson’s new contract could come in at eight years and $8 million per—or perhaps a bit more. 

He earned $4 million last season.

Carlson had a career year in 2017-18 and was critical during the Caps' run to the Stanley Cup. He led all defensemen in the regular season with 68 points (15 goals, 53 assists). The 28-year-old also skated a career-high 24:47 per game.

MacLellan has long said that re-signing Carlson was the Caps’ top priority this offseason. And now it looks like that could happen within days, assuming the talks do not hit any snags.

“We’re going to do our best to sign John,” MacLellan said. “We’ve said it all along. We waited until the end of the year. We’ve had discussions. We’re close and hopefully we can close the deal here over the next 24 hours.”