Rookie defenseman Christian Djoos has proven to fit nicely among the Caps’ needs on their blue line. He has so far recorded two goals and one assist in his first six games in the NHL, compared to his father Par Djoos who only recorded two goals in 82 games. He was the “talk of the town” in Hershey and was an instant fan favorite when discovered he was going to compete for a spot on the Caps’ roster this season. Last season with the Hershey Bears, Djoos recorded 58 points in 66 regular season games (13G-45A). He fits very well in the second pair alongside John Carlson, who plays a rounded two-way defensive game.
The Washington Capitals current defense pairs are:
Djoos – Carlson
Orpik – Bowey
Orlov – Chorney
Matt Niskanen‘s injury versus the Detroit Red Wings crippled the Caps’ top blue line pair of him alongside Dimitry Orlov. Since then, Orlov hasn’t been the same without his original partner. This has propelled the pair of Djoos-Carlson to the top defensive role. In order to even out all pairs, Orlov has been placed on the third pair alongside Taylor Chorney. This will have to do until the return of Niskanen. In no way should the Caps even consider scratching or sending Djoos down to Hershey. He’s young and producing, which could potentially be the future of the Caps’ defensive core.