Have The Young Caps Finally Caught Up? The Future Looks Bright

Thomas WatkinsContributor IApril 26, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 25: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins waits for a face off against the Philadelphia Flyers during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wachovia Center on April 25, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

In a society where shock and awe could be known as a D.C. trend, the whole hockey world has been waiting for any performance that would give us a glimpse into what the future held for the National Hockey League. In soccer terms, hockey had gone into stoppage time. But, excitement was on the way with the arrival of "Alex the Great" and "Sid the Kid." Two new "one names" in the making.

Crosby and his team continue to prove themselves as a force to be reckoned with, while it seems as though we are finally seeing the second coming of the Caps. Mike Green is looking like the defensive player of the year, while Brashier looks as though he is going to rob the boxing community every time he puts on his skates (he definitely has a future in cage fighting if he ever wants it).

Other caps are also showing all-star skills, such as left-winger Alexander Semin. But who would have known that rookie Simeon Varlamov would be playing lights out in goal. I see a lot of good things on the horizon for both the Caps and Penguins, and a lot of championships might be won and loss in the Eastern finals in the near future.

The Caps' youngsters started the playoffs with question marks surrounding them, especially after the battles I have seen through game six (Caps 5 - Rangers 3). I feel that the Caps have moved from trying not to lose, to taking games.

The faces of the players have changed. Mike Green looked eager and shaky through game four and then the light came on as if he knew the other players feared him, or at least had to respect his position. Backstrom seems to see through steel. If there was an x-ray vision possible, this guy shares his sight with Crosby and will challenge for assists and point leads in the future.

I conclude with this thought and I challenge you all to ponder this: If not for "Alex the Great" and "Sid the Kid," how much hockey would you watch? For most, it would be a distant thought that came after the reruns of Friends.

So it is nice to see the next Great Wayne and Super Mario, Orr and Hull. We welcome the change and the future is bright.