Capitals Play First Preseason at Home: Graovac Surpise

The Capitals hosted the St. Louis Blues for the first home preseason game Friday. It was a night of turnovers and missed chances as prospects tried to prove they can perform on the same level as the likes of permanent roster players. 

The first period was kind of slow. No penalties or scoring for over 10 minutes and then bam! Chorney and Wilson were called for slashing and one-two, the Blues scored. 2-0 at the end of period. The second period was fairly dull. Except for Anthony Peluso, who is looking for a job! He was first and last in the penalty box. Once for hooking and once for roughing. No score change. Third period it didn’t take long for the Caps to get a power play. Copley in the net, switching with Holtby who played two shifts. Lots of potential for this goalie! And Tom Wilson had his first real fight on the ice. Willy won.  Smoothly Thomas (Blues) got his second goal on Phoenix. 4-0 in the end. Ugh. 

We had some key players we were watching.  Here is our take on the night and those we kept and eye on:

Vrana – could he get a top six spot? He played a physical game again but like the rest of the team, didn’t have much to show for it. 

Stephenson – showing his speed as he was moved from center to left wing. 

– he looked good in the corners. CSN likes him too. 

– not much to say tonight. He was a -1 and had at least one giveaway. Happens  to the best of ‘me but maybe he needs more seasoning with the Bears. 

Djoos – he has some good stick handling.  He’s a real possibility. 

– the gents from CSN like him and think he will get the nod to stay. We have yet to see that in him. He plays low so maybe he has been under the radar for us. 

Graovac – ok, he surprised us. Tyler had some great opportunities and showed some real grit. He was rushing the net all night.

Bottom line is we wouldn’t want to be coach and making these decisions. Our top picks right now are Vrana, Bowey, and after tonight, Graovac. We have a vote for this guy too. 

Tyler Lewington

Morning skate at 10 on Saturday and a non-game scrimmage set for 11:15. 

Author: Maggie Marcum

Managing Editor for Friends in Cold Places.

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