So with seven pre-season games on the schedule, and five played, the record stands at 1-3-1. Look, I am totally aware that preseason games are for experimenting with different lineups, but this record isn't exactly promising or exciting on paper. Not exactly cup winning. However, I have been impressed by a few caps so far:
Mathieu Perreault, MP 85, whatever you call him, has been very effective so far, scoring several goals and generally making a good impact on the ice, look for him to appear for the Caps much more this season. IS he the second line center we desperately need yet? No. But give him a couple of years and I think he can progress to just that - I feel he is a late developer, if he hasn't already proved this. I mean, he is regularly playing in the NHL at the age of 23 when he was taken late in the sixth round!
Cody Eakin is just 20 years old, and the WHL star seems like he will make his NHL break (NOT breakout) this season with the Caps, most likely on the third line, he will still get a lot of experience from this in my view. I predict a 10-15 goal year for him, maybe 30-40 points.
So far, a lot of the regular Caps have not impressed me, but a lot of the younger ones have, which I guess is a positive sign in a way. But the fact is, the salary cap scare this summer proves that the Caps cup window is starting to close, this year is very important if we want to capture our first Stanley Cup.