New Capital Alex Chiasson will get the thrill of a lifetime on this Capitals road trip. During practice for the last two days he’s playing on the second line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov. With Andre Burakovsky missing six to eight weeks with a broken left thumb, Chiasson will get an opportunity to fill a void in the Capitals forwards lineup.
Chiasson joined the team in training camp on a professional tryout agreement. His impressive camp and preseason showing earned him a one-year, $600,000 deal with the Caps. In the span of just under six weeks, he went from a hopeful looking to make the roster to a second line winger complementing the dynamic Russian duo.
For Chiasson, he’s thrilled to be receiving passes from one of the biggest passing wizards in the league in Kuznetsov.
“You would think he didn’t see you, but he knew exactly where you were. There’s only a few players like that in the league, and I think Kuzy is one of them,” Chiasson told reporters after yesterday’s practice.
With Burakovsky’s injury, Trotz had to make an adjustment to the lines. Prior to the injury, he was moved from the top line to the third line to create some scoring balance. Now with Bura out, Trotz shifted Jakub Vrana to the left side of the third line with Lars Eller and Brett Connolly.
This isn’t the first time Chiasson has had this type of responsibility. Last season with the Calgary Flames, he shared the top line once in a while with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. He finished with 24 points that year with 12 goals and 12 assists.
So far this season, Chiasson has had only one assist but don’t be surprised to see those numbers go up while sharing a line with Ovechkin and Kuznetsov.
By Michael Marzzacco