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Washington Capitals End Of Season Evaluations - Forwards (C-G)

Washington CapitalsJason Chimera – 39 Games, 7 Goals-10 Assists-17 Points, +6 Rating

I was sceptical about the trade that brought Chimera to the Caps, as we were losing captain Chris Clark, but he slotted into the line up quite nicely at third line left wing, and gradually increased the line’s production. His speedy game contributed to the Capitals’ success later in the season and he has justified the move that brought him to Washington. Grade: B

Eric Fehr – 69 Games, 21 Goals-18 Assists-39 Points, +18 Rating

It was a bit of break-out season for Eric Fehr this year. When he started getting himself to the net, a tactic that brought him success in the junior leagues, he found the net more often, and he became a troublesome force for opponents to deal with. However, when he was put onto the second line, a promotion which he had deserved, he struggled to produce as he had on the third line, despite the extra ice time. Perhaps Fehr is not yet ready to step up, but his play suggests he is close. Grade: B+

Tomas Fleischmann – 69 Games, 23 Goals-28 Assists-51 Points, +9 Rating

Highs and lows was the theme of Tomas Fleischmann’s season. He started the season late due to injury, but was on fire for the first few months. However he then found himself in a dry spell after the Olympic break, and although he picked his game up a little later in the year, he went missing in the last few games of the regular season. The trouble the coaching staff have with Flash is where to play him. He is good enough, when he’s on form, to play on the second line, but the two wingers, Laich and Semin, are too good not to play on the second line. And Fleischmann is inconsistent at center, struggling especially in the face-off circle. However he isn’t suited to playing on the third line, as he produces his best hockey with more skilful linemates. He is now an RFA and has earned a raise in salary, however according to reports a deal is not close, which is worrying for Caps fans, as Flash is a talented, versatile forward whose game suits this team. Grade: A-

Alex Giroux – 9 Games, 1 Goal-2 Assists-3 Points, +3 Rating

A disappointingly short spell in Washington highlighted Giroux’s lack of sufficient quality to step into the NHL, despite another fantastic season with the Hershey Bears. In the AHL, Giroux is a top performer, but with limited ice time failed to perform at the higher level. His game suits the Caps system, but he has never been able to show the flair and skill he shows for the Bears, when he’s in the NHL. He’s another player who will remain a depth forward in the organisation, spending the majority of his time in Hershey. Grade: C-

Andrew Gordon – 2 Games, 0 Goals-0 Assists-0 Points, -2 Rating

This young right winger has shown a lot of potential, and will most likely be in the Caps line-up in the next couple of years, but still needs to develop his game to become NHL-ready. But the signs are promising; Gordon finished the year third in points amongst Bears skaters, so he looks like he is well on the way to joining the Capitals roster. Grade: C

Boyd Gordon – 36 Games, 4 Goals-6 Assists-10 Points, +4 Rating

Injury and bad form kept Boyd Gordon from really breaking into the Capitals line-up, and these struggles may continue next season. Other players, such as Steckel and Laing, have shown more development in the Capitals line up, and with players from Hershey set to step up next year, Gordon may find himself spending much more time in the AHL. Grade: C

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