Category Archives: Depth Chart Checkup

A look at the players in Washington’s ever talented depth chart.

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Stanislav Galiev’s 5-Point Championship Night

(Photo: David Connell)

While the latest news from one Russian Caps prospect might leave you wanting you bang your head into your desk, the latest news from another Russian Caps prospect might leave you with a more positive feeling.

For the second year in a row, Stanislav Galiev, picked by the Caps in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, and the Saint John Sea Dogs captured the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s (QMJHL) President’s Cup, the award given to the QMJHL champions at the end of every season.

To contribute to Thursday night’s Championship win, Galiev, 20, provided 5 points for the Sea Dogs, completing a natural hat trick and assisting on two additional goals.

For the playoffs as a whole, Galiev finished with a total of 34 points in only 17 games played. Out of those 34 points, 16 were goals and another 18 were assists. Galiev also finished with a plus/minus of plus-30. Yeah, no big deal or anything.

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Prospect Philipp Grubauer named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team

(Photo: Ashley Brenneman)

The South Carolina Stingrays, Washington’s ECHL affiliate, announced today that goaltender Philipp Grubauer has been named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team.

In 43 games played this season with the Stingrays, Grubauer, 20, went 23-13-5, posting a 2.22 goals-against average (third in the ECHL) and a .918 save percentage (sixth in the ECHL).

To finish out the rest of the ECHL All-Rookie Team, Grubauer is joined by defensemen Andrew Hotham and Mike Little and forwards Chris Barton, Dustin Gazley, and Mathew Sisca.

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Tomas Kundratek Has 6-Point Weekend

Watch as Kundratek helps score the two goals needed to send Satuday’s St. Patricks Day game into overtime.

Things were certainly far from perfect for the Caps this weekend, but Caps’ prospect Tomas Kundratek was just about perfect for the Hershey Bears this weekend. In three games played, Kundratek recorded six points and finished with a plus/minus of plus-2 as the Bears went undefeated for the weekend.

To start things off on a good note, Kundratek scored one goal and assisted on three more in Friday’s 6-3 beating of the Adirondack Phantoms at home in Hershey. Kundratek kept his momentum going on into Saturday, scoring two goals as the Bears defeated the Albany Devils 3-2 in Chocolatetown after a shootout.

Kundratek would find himself as one of the three stars in each of these games, the first star in Friday’s game and the third star in Saturday’s game.

Following St. Patrick’s Day, the Bears traveled to Albany to play against the Devils in the second part of a home-and-home series. Unfortunately, Kundratek’s weekend point streak would end here, but he still managed to finish a plus-1 on the night.

Also, it is interesting to note that Kundratek only had three total shots this weekend, meaning he had a 100% shooting percentage for the weekend. Guess this means you should shoot more often if your name is Tomas Kundratek.

WJC Update: Kuznetsov Destroys Latvia, Puts Up 9 Points

Pointless so far throughout the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship going into Thursday’s matchup against Latvia, 19-year-old Evgeny Kuznetsov, Capitals first round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, decided to add to the scoring effort by just a little bit. And by a little bit, I mean 9 points worth. That’s right, 9 points.

The only returning Russian after winning gold at last year’s WJC, Kuznetsov, Russia’s team captain, appears to have his eyes set on a repeat. Either that, or Kuznetsov really hates Latvians.

After a quiet first period with only a lone Russian goal on the scoreboard, things started to heat up big time.

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