The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Nic Dowd to a 3-year contract worth $750,000 AAV. He has had a career year with the Caps, posting 22 points (8g, 14a) in 64 games this regular season. With the length of the contact implied, it would seem General Manager Brian MacLellan has solidified his centers for each offensive line.
In front of Dowd are Lars Eller, Nicklas Backstrom, and Evgeny Kuznetsov down the middle. Current capable candidates at the position are Chandler Stephenson and Travis Boyd, who both played at the center position with the AHL Hershey Bears. If he has a game “fall-through”, I would look at these two in the playoffs and if their services are retained come next season.
Dowd has certainly lived up to the hype after the Caps let Jay Beagle walk after the 2017-2018 Stanley Cup win. He has been stellar with the wingers he has been accompanied by this season; Boyd, Stephenson, Devante Smith-Pelly, Andre Burakovsky, and Dmitrij Jaskin. Brian MacLellan has done a fantastic job from the office and has found a new 4th line center replacement. Centers are locked in for the next couple of years, so you can check that off the block of the “Caps-to-do-list.”
Last night was a special game for two guys: Dmitrij Jaskin and Travis Boyd.
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Jaskin, after being claimed off waivers by the Caps from the Blues, sought to reignite his NHL career with the Capitals. Finding himself in a well spot on the 4th line with Nic Dowd, he has established his new role as a power forward with the club. Last night he scored his first goal with Washington on a deflection off his skate, officially taking the monkey off his back.
Boyd has been with the Capitals organization for quite some time now, making a name for himself with the Hershey Bears. He scored his first NHL career goal tonight and it was a beauty. Off a feed from the captain Alex Ovechkin, Boyd one-timed the puck past Columbus’ backup goalie Joonas Korpisalo.
With notables out, like T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson, the Caps look to the “next guy up” to fill the voids. Guys like Jaskin and Boyd certainly did just that last night. Very proud of them and hopefully their success can continue to produce throughout the season.