Caps Stock Report (11/19/09)

Mark ButerbaughSenior Analyst INovember 19, 2009

This is a new feature on DC Pro Sports Report, but you’ll be seeing it every week. We’re going to discuss which players, coaches, or front office people are doing well and which are not.  It’s called the Capitals Stock Report. (Not every player will be listed, only ones that we see are going up or going down) In addition, each weekly report will not be this long.  It’s our debut edition, give us a break.   On with the report…


Stock UpBLUE CHIP OF THE WEEK:  Tomas Fleischmann:  Not only the hottest Washington Capitals but one of the hotter players in the NHL.  Flash has been on absolute fire since coming back from injury and making his season debut on OCT 29.  In fact, since his debut game, Flash has scored in every single game, giving him a 9 game scoring streak.  In 10 games this year, Flash has 7 goals and 4 assists. No other guy filled the void of Ovechkin missing more than Flash.  Over the past two season, many of were growing impatient with the development of Fleischmann.  I am glad my impatience was not the rule of the day.  Flash’s cost has also gone up on Fantasy charts.

Matt Bradley:  Brads is one goal shy of his season total.  He has 4 goals and 5 assists so far, total of 9 points.  He had a total of 11 points all last season. There are two reasons.  One, Brads is not shy about going to the net and taking shots this season.  Two, Line 4 is one of the most consistent and most effective lines on the Caps thus far this season.  Finally, Brads isn’t afraid to scrap it up and fight, taking the role of Donald Brashear, but much smaller.  He doesn’t care.  He will get bloodied up, get stitched up, then come out and play hard and maybe even score on a breakaway.  Ask Mr. Lundqvist. 

Brooks Laich:  Fact is Laich has become one of the most valuable players to this team.  Besides the scoring, you get 100% hard effort each game, charging the net, net presence, and leadership.  Laich is also showing a willingness to shoot more.  Laich already has 9 goals and 11 assists on the season.  He also leads the caps with 5 power play goals.  Laich was one of those guys they needed to step up while Alex Ovechkin was out, and he did that.

Mike Green:  Easy here.  After a slow start of the season, Green has heated up offensively and has not really showed too many signs of slowing down.  Starting on OCT 12, Greenie put together a 9 game scoring streak.  After going scoreless for 2 consecutive, Green is back on track, extending a new streak to 4 games in which he has tallied 1 goal and 6 assists.  Green is now 2nd among all NHL defensemen in total points and assists.   Say what you want about Mike Green, because there are Caps fans out there that don’t appreciate him, and I can be one of those at times, but offensively, defenseman Mike Green is on a tear.  Greenie just needs to become a more complete defenseman by playing better behind the blue line.

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