Early 2013-14 Grades for Each Washington Capitals Line

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Early 2013-14 Grades for Each Washington Capitals Line
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Through the early part of the Washington Capitals' 2013-14 season, the lines and line pairings have been a definite work in progress.

With the exception of the top offensive line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson, there has not been much in the way of consistency from one night to the next for the Caps.

Defensively, the Caps have used rookies along with veterans and had to deal with injuries as well. Connor Carrick debuted early on and played in three games, even scoring a goal. Jack Hillen suffered a fractured tibial plateau and will be gone for much of the season.

This has given newer players such as Alexander Urbom and Nate Schmidt some true opportunities to play and produce.

On the offensive side of the puck, there has been quite a bit of movement and shake-up as well. The last week has seen Martin Erat go from the forgotten man to the second line with quite a bit of success.

Mikhail Grabovski, who started the season with a hat trick, got moved to the third line to try and get some improved production there.

The swapping of Erat and Grabovski has been rather successful, as the Caps have won three in a row since head coach Adam Oates made these changes.

Though it is still very early on—and even though the Caps lines continue to fluctuate a lot—let's pass out some early grades for the various lines of the Washington Capitals.

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