Re: what do people think of the caps?
posted at 10/23/2011 10:31 AM EDT
In Response to what do people think of the caps?
[QUOTE]I think their the same as last year....going to be a great regular season team, but do nothing in the playoffs. Goaltending is solved, and the third line looks good, but they still don't have a legit top pairing on the blue line. Green is brutal, and whos the number two? schultz. Carlson is good, and will be very good, but I don't think they can make noise in the playoffs unless they go out and grab weber. Those two picks from Colorado could help
Posted by bostonfan191646[/QUOTE]
I respectfully disagree.
1. Goaltending has been more than solved. Did you realize they were outshot last night in their 7-1 win. I remember an oilers team who got similar goaltending from Fuhr.
2. They do have a top tandum on the back end. Alzner and Carlson are in their second year together and might be the best young combo in the league. Mobile, offensive minded and a shutdown pair. Their second pairing is Green who is more committed to his own end and is an elite puck moving dman. Remember Green is still young in terms of development and he is playing the hardest position in the league. You can teach him the skills he is lacking. You can't teach the skills he has. I'm sure many said the same about Paul Coffee as well. Hammer has settled him down. Wideman and Schultz as a 3rd pairing is nothing to sneeze at either. I think Washingtons def is much better and mobile than last yrs.
3. Fwd lines. Backstrom is back from his MIA year. Semin is playing for a contract. The 1st two lines are solid. Their 3rd line has always been an issue it is solved. Halpren on the 4th line. Sprinkled young skilled players throughout the lineup.
4. You didnt touch on it so I will. Leadership. Halpren/Hammer bring a lot. Ward and Brouwer add to the grit and mold of Laich. These 4 guys are known for playing hard all the time.
Like you said the fleeced colorado and next yrs draft is a very good one. So hey have plenty of kids on the farm waiting, they have a stock pile of picks and the have a 7-0 team.
I think this is the best team they have iced. Vokoun has been outstanding.