Last week, I ran a fan poll on who would be good candidates for filling-in as the fourth line center if Jay Beagle were to leave (which he did). Here were the results:60% of voters picked veteran Hershey forward Travis Boyd, who played depth in the Caps’ playoff-run this season. Boyd has had many successes in the AHL with the Bears. He was recognized in the 2017-2018 season by being selected for the Second All-Star team. He has a good flow of the game and understands his role. Of the eight games he had played in the NHL, he has one assist. He could be given a solid look in the upcoming pre-season.35% of voters picked Chandler Stephenson, who played as a winger alongside Jay Beagle and Devante Smith-Pelly on the fourth line this season. He was very effective as a two-way guy and had a lot of key plays that contributed to the Caps success. He did; however, play center in Hershey, which leads one to believe he may be a solid candidate for this opening. I don’t see him moving from his spot on the left side unless the Caps pick up a solid fourth line winger, but he is a consideration for depth.Don’t mind the 1% for Tyler Graovac, this poll was created before he was signed by the Calgary Flames. Best of luck to him! The Caps did pick up two centers following the loss of Beagle on the free agent market, Michael Sgarbossa from the Winnipeg Jets and Jayson Megna from the Vancouver Canucks. Both have NHL and AHL experience, which can throw them in the mix for competing with Boyd for the fourth line job. Stay up-to-date with us and keep an eye out for our next fan poll, which is already out!
More on Boyd here.