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Washington Capitals End of Season Evaluations – Defensemen (E-M)

Washington Capitals##John Erskine – 50 Games, 1 Goal-5 Assists-6 Points, +16 Rating

In and out of the line-up for the majority of the season, Erskine was a consistent performer and always did what he does best – played hard, physical hockey and stood up for his teammates. He has never been expected to contribute offensively, but he’s brought some grit and strength to the blue line. However he has been guilty of some costly errors in the defensive zone. At times he doesn’t seem to fit the Capitals free-flowing attacking style of play, but he does add some balance to the roster. Grade: B-

Mike Green – 75 Games, 19 Goals-57 Assists-76 Points, +39 Rating

Another superb season for Green resulted in a second Norris Trophy nomination, and this year he has more chance of winning the award. He massively improved defensively, whilst maintaining his offensive play to a high standard. Averaging more than a point per game is an amazing achievement and he hasn’t been as unreliable in his own zone as he used to be. Greeny was unlucky not to be part of the Canadian Olympic team and was clearly affected by being left off the roster, but he went on playing his own game, not changing his style after further scrutiny of his defensive ability, and that was what this explosive team needed from him, as he continued to provide more offense and excitement. Grade: A+

Milan Jurcina – 27 Games, 0 Goals-4 Assists-4 Points, 0 Rating

A less than impressive season for Jurcina, as he failed to impress in the first few months, resulting in him being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He played to his strengths; throwing some solid hits and blocking shots, but although he wasn’t particularly bad, he didn’t warrant selection ahead of the other Caps’ d-men waiting in the wings and could easily be covered when lost. Although he was brought back on the trade deadline, he didn’t play again in the season due to injury and most likely won’t be in Washington next season, with the Caps depth on the blue line starting to add up. Grade: C+

Shaone Morrisonn – 68 Games, 1 Goal-11 Assists-12 Points, +8 Rating

Another quiet but consistent season for Morrisonn who in the lack of other physical threats in the line up seemed to improve the physical side of his game and started to step in to defend teammates later in the season; which the team needed him to do. Morrisonn has been a good role player on the second and third defensive lines for the Capitals and has warranted a place on the roster next year to provide some grit and hard-work and more experience compared to what looks like it will be a young Caps’ defense. Grade: B

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2 comments for “Washington Capitals End of Season Evaluations – Defensemen (E-M)”

  1. I didn’t watch any of the games but I heard Mike Green took a pounding in the press for not being a more solid defenseman during the playoffs. The argument is kind of pointless since it’s not his fault - if the Capitals need more of a stay-at-home defenseman they should just go get one.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | June 10, 2010, 3:39 pm
  2. I thought that the problem during the playoffs was offense, not defense. we weren’t letting in loads of goals; in games 5 through 7 we only scored one goal each game. but like you say if we need a stay-at-home defenseman, which we do, we should get one, not ask green to change, and i think that’s what they’ll do in the offseason

    Posted by colonelbagpussNo Gravatar | June 10, 2010, 11:13 pm

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