I really don't see him back here, not with the way our prospects are playing right now in the AHL. If any of them can bring the same game to training camp, Willsie will be gone.
He did alright this season, got some PP time, some time with AO. i don;t know his stats offhand, but he wasn;t anything special, and he wasn't anything bad, he just was. He did happen to score one or two clutch goals, and one shootout game winner. If he does come back though, It will probably be on the second line, placeholding for a Hershey guy.
A question I'd like to ask is--who WILL be Ovechkin's linemates? I'm guessing Zubrus and Fehr.
I don't see Fehr being with the big club next season, I think he needs one more in Hershey. I would anticipate AO's linemates being Zubrus and Clark, as was the case for most of this past season. This is unless the Caps delve into the free agent market to pick up a linemate for Alex. Either way, don't expect to see Zubrus on a different line, he's a virtual lock.
I would hazard a guess and say Clark will be the RW on that line as well ……. Semin (can either he or Ovechkin play RW) might see some shifts up there.
I agree and thin Fehr will spend half the season in Hershey – he does a lot of things really well, he still needs to play top line minutes (something he won’t see in DC just yet) and fill out his frame (though he’s coming along quite nicely in that department).
It will be interesting to see what the organization plans on doing with Fleischmann -- do they convert him to RW and bring him up, or does he stay on LW and stay in Herhsey?
I think Flash will get a decent shot at a roster spot during training camp/preseason b/c he's done everything to earn it but I dont know if the type of success he's having in the Hershey is going to carry over to the NHL or translate right away for that matter
I dont know if he's ready for 2nd line type of minutes or contributions....a line of Flash - Beech - whoever else is a huge unknown if you ask me, it might work it the AHL but it's tough to say that will work in the NHL...could work as a 4th line until they get some NHL games under their belts (Beech aside)
I see Halpren being resigned for a year or two and used in the 2nd line center role with Pettinger and Semin and the 4th line the with normal mix of players like Laich who can be rotated in and out of different line combinations
We have a number of prospects on the bears that all have shown they deserve a shot to make the Capitals next year
Last edited by PSUhockey34: 05-22-2006 at 07:06 PM.
question #1. Willsie: Jasp, add Tarik to that Willsie bashers. Recall in his recent online chat that he referenced Hanlon's comments about players needing to take advantage of their ice time to catch the eye of another team for next season. Tarik was speaking specifically of Willsie when he said that.
I think if you look at the numbers, they don't really favor keeping Willsie. Ovechkin and Zubrus are locked in. Semin is locked in. Thats three of the top 6. If you guess that one young player(Fleischmann, Fehr, or Klepis) gets one of the wings, that leaves only one wing spot in the top 6. At that point for Willsie to have a job, the Caps will have decided not to bring in any new forwards and don't like the idea of keeping Clark in that ice time.
Keeping him as a 4th liner only makes sense if he is just a backup to fill in for an injury or penalty to a top 6 line player. They might keep him, but seems to me that it really doesn't add up.
Question #2: Wing for Ovechkin line. With a full season under Ovechkin's belt and the good defense from Zubrus, I could see either Fehr or Fleischmann on that line.
Fehr showed flashes on the occasions that he got to skate with Ovechkin. Fleischmann's +/- numbers indicate that he might be reliable even if not producing a lot at the start.
I would tend to expect the Caps to put more priority on experience and defensive reliability on the 2nd line with Semin on one wing.