Monday, August 25, 2008

Capitals Milestones to Watch for in 2008-2009

The Olympics are finally over and now it’s time to focus on the important things in life. First and foremost being the Washington Capitals. Well, maybe that’s a bit over the top but I am ready for this season to get underway, now! For the Capitals this year is filled with expectations and the players are expected to step up their game to the next level. The Caps are returning most of the roster from the end of last season. The three members not returning are Olie Kolzig and trade deadline acquisitions Matt Cooke and Cristobal Huet. Kolzig’s departure is bittersweet as he was the former face of the franchise and the Cap’s #1 all-time goalie by far.

Kolzig’s departure signifies a changing of the guard in Washington. In addition to holding nearly every Capitals goalie record, he was 8th on the Capitals games played list with 711 games played. Now the active leader in games played as a Capital falls to none other than Alex Ovechkin, the new face of the franchise. Ovechkin has played 245 games for the Caps in three seasons and is ranked at 58th on the Cap’s list. Others moving up the list are Shaone Morrisonn with 237 games played and Brooks Laich with 232.

Ovechkin is also tearing up the rest of the Capitals All-time lists as well. He is currently 10th on the Goals Scored list and with 163. This season he could become the 4th player in team history to score 200 goals. While Peter Bondra, 472 goals, and Mike Gartner, 397 goals, are a ways off, Mike Ridley’s 218 goals could be within reach this season. Fellow countrymen Alexander Semin has 74 goals with the Caps and should be the 23rd Capital to reach the 100 goals milestone. Ovechkin is also moving up the Assist and Points lists as well. There is a chance he could reach 200 assists and 400 points this season. He currently stands at 147 assists and 310 points. Michael Nylander and Nicklas Backstrom are poised to break 100 assists with the Caps this season. Nylander has 67 with the club and Backstrom had 55 in his first year. In addition to these two, Brooks Laich (77 pts) and Mike Green (71 pts) are on track to join the Capitals 100-point club this season.

Some other team milestones are within reach for the Caps as well. Donald Brashear, Shaone Morrisonn, and Chris Clark are bearing down on the 300 penalty minute mark. Brashear is the closest with 275. Ovechkin needs 6 game-winning goals to reach 30. With another 400+ shots on goal season Ovechkin will surpass 1,600. Clark needs 3 shorthanded goals to reach 10. So let’s hurry up and get this season started and see what these guys can do.

Here is a list of last season’s Capital Milestones:

Player

Milestone

Stat

Date

OVECHKIN, ALEXANDER

200

PTS

6-Oct

OVECHKIN, ALEXANDER

100

G

12-Oct

GREEN, MIKE

100

GM

24-Oct

OVECHKIN, ALEXANDER

900

SOG

8-Nov

PETTINGER, MATT

300

GM

23-Nov

CLARK, CHRIS

100

PTS

23-Nov

CLARK, CHRIS

200

PIM

23-Nov

BRASHEAR, DONALD

100

GM

24-Nov

NYLANDER, MICHAEL

100

GM

30-Nov

NYLANDER, MICHAEL

200

SOG

1-Dec

POTHIER, BRIAN

100

GM

7-Dec

SEMIN, ALEXANDER

100

PTS

8-Dec

BRASHEAR, DONALD

200

PIM

12-Dec

OVECHKIN, ALEXANDER

1000

SOG

14-Dec

OVECHKIN, ALEXANDER

200

GM

26-Dec

BRADLEY, MATT

200

SOG

27-Dec

MORRISONN, SHAONE

200

GM

29-Dec

SEMIN, ALEXANDER

400

SOG

13-Jan

LAICH, BROOKS

300

SOG

15-Jan

GORDON, BOYD

200

SOG

23-Jan

LAICH, BROOKS

200

GM

24-Jan

EMINGER, STEVE

200

GM

24-Jan

GREEN, MIKE

200

SOG

29-Jan

OVECHKIN, ALEXANDER

1100

SOG

31-Jan

PETTINGER, MATT

500

SOG

2-Feb

OVECHKIN, ALEXANDER

20

GWG

5-Feb

KOLZIG, OLAF

700

GM

10-Feb

FLEISCHMANN, TOMAS

100

GM

20-Feb

OVECHKIN, ALEXANDER

1200

SOG

12-Mar

SCHULTZ, JEFF

100

GM

14-Mar

BRADLEY, MATT

200

GM

18-Mar

OVECHKIN, ALEXANDER

300

PTS

18-Mar

SEMIN, ALEXANDER

500

SOG

21-Mar

JURCINA, MILAN

100

GM

25-Mar

GORDON, BOYD

200

GM

27-Mar

KOZLOV, VICTOR

200

SOG

29-Mar

GREEN, MIKE

300

SOG

1-Apr


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