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dbhislife 08-15-2012 08:23 PM

new to the DC area
 
Hey guys. So for those who don't recognize my username, I have made a living over on the Panthers board as a diehard SoFla hockey fan as I grew up there all my life. However I have recently relocated to D.C. for graduate study and a job. I am going to attempt the impossible...following two teams in the same division. I love hockey, and cannot not watch the local team. So here is my request guys...gimme the rundown on the caps lineup and prospects. Obviously you can omit the stars (Ovie, Backstrom, Green, and co) but I would be lying if I said I knew tons about the other 15-20 guys on the roster.

Thanks in advance, and you'll get to know me quickly. I literally live on this site during the season.

CapitalsCupFantasy 08-15-2012 08:31 PM

Check out the stickied threads for homework as a start.

Halpysback 08-15-2012 11:16 PM

Offense:
Brouwer - closest we have to a PF aside from Ovechkin
Ribeiro - skilled top 6 center but will have you tearing your hair out
Laich - Great at projecting the ideal teacher's pet good canadian boy type image and gets super overrated as a result, but actually not that good at hockey.
Chimera - super fast and great grinder but horrible hands
Johansson - super fast with some decent hands and skill but horrible at grinding
Perreault - small shifty guy
Ward - best cycler ever but can't do much of anything else
Wolski - you tell me
Hendricks - Matt Bradley
Beagle - our version of Matthias sorta
Crabb - Matt Bradley
Semin - great player who had to be let go since apparently caps management can't take one step forward without taking one back. Also everything bad was his fault and everything good was done thanks to the hard work and leadership of Brooks Laich, god bless him.

Defense:

Alzner - Awesome, big top pairing version of Mike Weaver
Carlson - Awesome, Garrison type
Orlov - gonna be awesome, Kulikov type
Hamrlik - old but should be decent
Jeff Schultz - Paper soft version of Nick Boyton who sucks more
Erskine - less mistake prone tougher version of Nick Boyton
Hillen - filler

Goalies:

Neuvirth - horrible but some people love him to death for no reason
Holtby - http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1083495/pev.gif

dbhislife 08-16-2012 10:11 AM

I will check out the sticky today (didn't notice you guys have one for that... we don't over in Pantherland), and thanks halpy for your insight. Some immediate questions I have in response to your write up:

1) Is this the common opinion of Laich? I never thought of him as anything special myself, but I kind of thought he was a fan favorite around these parts.
2) 2 Matt Bradley-esc guys on one team? How does this go over locally? I never hated Brads when he was in Florida, but he was just a character/filler type guy and didn't add much to a team IMO
3) Whose expected to start in net? I am assuming its Holtby based on his playoff run last season.

dbhislife 08-16-2012 10:14 AM

Oh and in response to Wolski... I would not expect much. My panther brethren and I had hopes he would be the missing link in our below-average top 6 last season, and he just isn't that player anymore. He helped us greatly in the shootout, and had a few very productive games, but he also floats for enormous periods of time.

Liberati0n* 08-16-2012 10:16 AM

The goalie job is up for grabs, but after last season they're probably expecting Holtby to earn the majority of the starts and end up being the guy.

dbhislife 08-16-2012 10:21 AM

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Originally Posted by sonsofcain (Post 53622771)
The goalie job is up for grabs, but after last season they're probably expecting Holtby to earn the majority of the starts and end up being the guy.

That makes sense. I hadn't seen much of Holtby at any level of hockey prior to last years playoffs, but he impressed me greatly and did not at all appear out of place playing playoff NHL hockey. I also used to play goalie myself, so I have a soft spot for the position. I'm rooting for the guy.


Oh...does anyone frequent caps practices? I live right across the street from the ballston commons mall, and was thinking about popping over there a few times assuming its open to the public. Panthers ones are...

Mystlyfe 08-16-2012 10:29 AM

Caps practices are open to the public. I haven't gone myself, but there are a few folks around here who visit occasionally. Camps are usually more interesting.


Laich has become one of the new "divisive" players around these parts (HFBoards). Some still support him, others chose him as a scapegoat and view him as overpaid. Our previous scapegoats have been run out of town, so some people needed a new whipping boy and apparently it's Laich's turn in line. From fans in general (non-HFBoards) the view of him is typically pretty positive.

Brads was generally liked in DC, and the reaction to his comments here depended on each individual's views on Semin. Semin supporters generally didn't like Bradley's comments and criticsized him for it. Semin haters lauded him and used it as another reason to deride Semin.

dbhislife 08-16-2012 10:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mystlyfe (Post 53623039)
Caps practices are open to the public. I haven't gone myself, but there are a few folks around here who visit occasionally. Camps are usually more interesting.


Laich has become one of the new "divisive" players around these parts (HFBoards). Some still support him, others chose him as a scapegoat and view him as overpaid. Our previous scapegoats have been run out of town, so some people needed a new whipping boy and apparently it's Laich's turn in line. From fans in general (non-HFBoards) the view of him is typically pretty positive.

Brads was generally liked in DC, and the reaction to his comments here depended on each individual's views on Semin. Semin supporters generally didn't like Bradley's comments and criticsized him for it. Semin haters lauded him and used it as another reason to deride Semin.

Interesting. That makes more sense about Laich, and I guess I will withhold opinion until I have watched a half season or so of caps games myself. As for Brads, I am familiar with the Brads/Semin issues, but I meant more as a hockey player honestly. I just never saw him as more than place-holder in Florida, so when halpy said you have 2 Bradley types (Crabb and Henricks) on the forward roster currently I was a little surprised.

Liberati0n* 08-16-2012 11:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mystlyfe (Post 53623039)
Caps practices are open to the public. I haven't gone myself, but there are a few folks around here who visit occasionally. Camps are usually more interesting.


Laich has become one of the new "divisive" players around these parts (HFBoards). Some still support him, others chose him as a scapegoat and view him as overpaid. Our previous scapegoats have been run out of town, so some people needed a new whipping boy and apparently it's Laich's turn in line. From fans in general (non-HFBoards) the view of him is typically pretty positive.

Brads was generally liked in DC, and the reaction to his comments here depended on each individual's views on Semin. Semin supporters generally didn't like Bradley's comments and criticsized him for it. Semin haters lauded him and used it as another reason to deride Semin.

Some of us have never bought into the Brooks Laich mythology. I'm not really sure who has turned on him recently, but I certainly haven't and I know a couple of other people have disliked him for a while.

Edit: If anything, I think some Semin supporters have taken anti-Laich positions recently because they consider Laich to be the anti-Semins' ideal or something. That's probably what you're seeing. Personally, I've always known Brooks Laich had the biggest ego on the team. ;)

brs03 08-16-2012 11:08 AM

Hendricks has the added plus of being something of a shootout specialist. Probably a better fighter than Brads, although with the downside that his blood doesn't have magic, game-saving properties for the Caps the way Bradley's did. Good at faceoffs, too, so more than a placeholder as a 4th liner.

Who knows what Crabb will be. Might be the 13th forward if both Perreault and Wolski earn everyday roles.

Halpysback 08-16-2012 12:19 PM

It's not scapegoating as much as thinking that worshipping a 10 ESG guy who gets manhandled at all aspects of physical play and on faceoffs for a supposedly prototypical meat and potato forward and seems to have a holier than thou attitude that's poisoning the mind of the management and passively calls out the team's star players might not be a good idea.

Hendricks may be a bit more skilled than Bradley and seems a good deal better at pinning opposing in their own end and disrupting them. Like Bradley when Bradley was at his best. Maybe Bergenheim lite is a better comparison. Crabb was an AHL player until this year so who knows.


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