How about that game last night? I wanted there to be a game seven so bad, but that was still one of the better stanley cups series in a while. Chicago definitely deserved it.
To close out the final posting of “Season in Review,” I have a whole bunch of different Caps who did not play in many Caps games this season, but nonetheless deserve reviews.
I hope to never see Brooksie in this grouping ever again. He is a proven veteran of this team, a leader and a fan favorite. Having him miss all but nine games this season hurt the Caps immensely. He is a penalty killing machine, and great on the power play. Having him back next year will be more than awesome.
The Caps desperately need a top four defenseman next season, and in my mind, there is really only one player in the system already that has the potential to fill that hole, and that’s Orlov. He only appeared in five games for the Capitals this season, but the soon to be 22 year old has proven to be a NHL caliber defenseman. We need him to stay healthy next season.
The feel-good Caps story this year was the return of Tom Poti. It was actually a miracle that he was even able to play this season at all. Suffering from a severe groin injury, he missed all of last season. However, during the lockout, there was some grumblings that Poti may be able to play this season. He appeared in 16 games for the Caps, but never really made a difference. His tenure with the Capitals is over, but I would expect Poti to receive playing time somewhere next season.
Schilling is in a similar situation to Tomas Kundratek. Both are good defenseman, both could play in the NHL, but both aren’t necessarily needed for the Capitals. Schilling is an extremely valuable depth player, but at best he is a 3rd defensive pairing caliber player. There’s nothing wrong with that, but we simply don’t need that right now. I would, however, expect Schilling to appear in more games next season than he did this season, which is an unbelievably bold prediction (he only played in one game). With the departure of Poti and presumably Jeff Schultz, on top of the almost certain injury by a regular Caps defenseman, it will be Schilling to fill in the missing piece.
Big Tom Wilson. This kid is going to be fun to watch. I think I’ve said this 100 times, but I think he could develop into a player similar to Milan Lucic. Which would be awesome. I would predict that Wilson would be on the Capitals roster next season, but it also wouldn’t shock me if the decision was made to let him get a little more experience in before he plays full time in the big leagues. But, I do think he entirely NHL ready, even though he is only 19. He would be the biggest forward on the team, and he would be an absolute bruiser. Wilson has the potential to be an absolute star in Washington and I promise you that he will provide better highlights next season than his infamous skate mishap .
This was just a failed experiment. You can’t fault McPhee for trying, and you can’t fault Wolski’s performance. McPhee took a gamble (that only ended up costing us $600,000) on Wolski that just didn’t pan out. And in reality, Wolski’s expectations were far too high. McPhee brought him in to be a second liner, something Wolski was more than capable of just three seasons ago. But in recent seasons, Wolski was a shadow of his former self, and could never find his form. The trend continued in Washington. He has already signed a contract to the KHL.
And that concludes my Season in Review segment. Later this week, I will be taking a look at the upcoming NHL draft, addressing the Capitals needs and potential picks. And later, potential free agent signings. Thanks for reading! Enjoy the offseason as much as you can.
LETS GO CAPS