Player News - Capitals

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Ilya Samsonov allowed two goals on 11 shots during Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Samsonov came in approximately midway through the second period, giving up a couple of goals to fellow 2015 first round pick, Zach Senyshyn. Samsonov is a highly regarded goaltender but will likely benefit from time in the AHL in order to adjust to the North American game and get regular starts. The 21-year-old goaltender is still at least a couple of seasons away from challenging Braden Holtby as the team's starting netminder.
Sep 18 - 10:26 PM

Lars Eller (lower body) was on the ice Monday after missing the first couple days of the Capitals' training camp.

This is mostly just an FYI as Eller should be fine for the regular season. He had 18 goals and 38 points in 81 contests in 2017-18.
Sep 17 - 1:57 PM

John Carlson has been dealing with a lower-body injury that kept him off the ice for the first couple days of training camp.

Carlson joined Washington's third group for a practice on Monday though. There's no sense in the veteran player challenging even a minor ailment just for the sake of being on the ice in the early portion of training camp, so we aren't particularly concerned about his initial absence.
Sep 17 - 12:55 PM

Look for Evgeny Kuznetsov to start killing penalties this season.

GM Brian McLellan wants Kuznetsov to be more of a two-way player and thinks he has it in him. "I think he can get better on faceoffs, defending in his own end, playing against top players," MacLellan said. "I think there’s all kinds of areas he has potential to be an elite two-way guy in the league. For him, playing in his own end, playing against top players, dominating head-to-head with top guys — that’s the next challenge for him." Kuznetsov had a big season in 2017-18 as he picked up 27 goals and 83 points. Look for similar numbers this season and draft him accordingly.
Sep 17 - 8:49 AM

Brett Connolly scored the only goal for the Capitals during their 2-1 shootout loss to the Bruins on Sunday afternoon.

Connolly took a pass from Djoos in the high slot and fired the puck off the bottom of the crossbar to tie the game at one apiece with 2:33 remaining in the second period against the Bruins. The goal was scored after a nice sequence of passes from Burakovsky and Djoos to get Connolly the puck. Entering his third season with the Capitals, Connolly is looking to build on his 15 goals and 27 points in 70 games in 2017-18.
Sep 16 - 4:53 PM

Tom Wilson knows that there will be pressure on him to produce now that he's received a significant bump in pay.

Wilson signed a six-year deal worth over $31 million ($5.17 million per year), so being just a physical won't be good enough anymore. "On any given night now I'm going to be expected to produce," Wilson said. "I'm going to be expected to contribute offensively and if I'm playing with the guys that I finished with last season, it's our job to play both ends of the ice and do it really well. That's just part of the responsibility, that's part of the role that I've taken on at the end of last season." The 24-year-old had 14 goals, 35 points and 187 penalty minutes in 78 games last season, but he also added 15 points in 21 postseason contests. He'll only have fantasy value in leagues that award points for penalty minutes.
Sep 8 - 6:05 PM

Lars Eller feels ready to work towards the task of defending the Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup championship.

"It's a big mental challenge," Eller said. "But I think when the puck drops and you start playing the games again, what always has been driving me as an individual is the competing, the competition of it. Everybody in that room hates to lose and when you get slapped in the face, you get right back up again and everybody has that mentality. So we're not going to like losing more than we did before. But it's a going to be a challenge. It always is." The Pittsburgh Penguins successfully won the Cup in back-to-back years in 2016 and 2017, but before that no team had managed that feat since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. The shortened summer along with having every other team out for you can take its toll, but at the same time the Capitals are coming back with largely the same team they had last season and that should help.
Sep 4 - 10:32 PM

The Washington Capitals have signed Sergei Shumakov to a one-year, entry-level contract.

Shumakov is coming over to North America after spending last season with CSKA Moscow. The 25-year-old was tied for the team lead in points, as he accumulated 17 goals and 23 assists in 47 games. He could end up sticking with the Capitals out if training camp.
Sep 1 - 3:13 PM

The Washington Capitals averaged a league-worst 29 shots per game last season.

That's surprising when you consider that they have Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie and many more offensive weapons, but that was indeed the case. Losing Justin Williams and Marcus Johansson, who combined for 333 shots in 2016-17, obviously didn't help their cause. Ovechkin led the NHL in shots with 355. He's led the league in that category in 11 of the last 13 years.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 30 - 11:52 AM

The Washington Capitals will probably have Ilya Samsonov start the season in the AHL in order for him to adjust to the North American game.

"He probably saw more shots today than he saw in a month of practice in Russia and this was nothing," director of player development Steve Richmond said during development camp. "For me, that's the biggest thing for him is to learn how to practice in North America." Adding to the more demanding practices, the Russian goaltender will also need to adjust to a different sized rink that allows for a more up-tempo playing style. As it currently stands, the former first round pick will battle Pheonix Copley for the chance to be Braden Holtby's understudy.
Aug 17 - 3:15 PM

Zach Sill has inked a deal with HC Sparta Praha of the Czech league.

Sill has spent the last three seasons with the Washington Capitals organization, playing just 10 games with the Capitals in 2015-16.
Aug 13 - 3:09 PM

Scott Arniel has been added to the coaching staff of the Washington Capitals.

Arniel and Reid Cashman have been hired as assistant coaches. They will join assistant coach Blaine Forsythe on the staff of new bench boss Todd Reirden. Arniel has spent the past five seasons as an associate coach with the New York Rangers, while Cashman has served as an assistant coach with the AHL's Hershey Bears for the last two years.
Aug 6 - 11:24 AM

Tom Wilson may not run around looking for as many big hits this season, but he won't stop playing a physical brand of hockey.

Wilson, who was just signed to a six-year contract worth an average annual value of $5.17 million, spent considerable time on the top line in 2017-18. "You don't necessarily make as many big hits if you're playing 19, 20 minutes," he said. "That physical part of my game is always going to be there. That's the nature of who I am, that's how I play the game. I'm not going to let anyone take that away from me, but I have to be smart about it." Wilson has a reputation as a borderline hitter and he does go over the line at times. His penalty minutes, hit totals and ability to contribute offensively gives him solid fantasy value in the right leagues.
Jul 30 - 5:16 PM

Tom Wilson has signed a six-year contract with the Washington Capitals.

Wilson's new deal is worth an average annual value of $5.17 million. "Tom is an invaluable member of our team and we are pleased that he will play a great part in our foreseeable future," said GM Brian MacLellan. "Tom is a unique player in this League. At 24 years of age, he has an impressive amount of experience and we believe that he will only continue to grow and improve as a player. With his ability to play in virtually any game situation, teams need players like Tom in order to succeed in the NHL." Wilson notched personal bests last season with 14 goals and 35 points in 78 games. He also amassed 187 penalty minutes.
Jul 27 - 9:17 PM

Martin Fehervary impressed Washington's brass at the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Denmark.

"He was playing against a lot of NHL players whose teams didn't make the playoffs or had lost out early in the playoffs, and I thought he did really well," assistant GM Ross Mahoney said. "He got better and better as that tournament went on. It seemed like he got more confident with the puck and was starting to jump into the play a little more and carry the puck a little more. I think the skating, the character, the hockey sense were all appealing for us." Fehervary is expected to attend Washington's training camp in September, but he intends to play for HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League this season.
Jul 25 - 5:13 PM


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