Washington Capitals Prospect Review and Forecast: Chase Priskie


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We continue our prospect review and forecast series with a review and forecast for Chase Priskie. (You can access all of our Capitals Prospect Reports and player analysis on our “Prospects” page in the top menu bar or right here.) 

CONTRACT
Priskie, 6’-0”, 185 pounds, was a 6th round draft pick of the Capitals in 2016 (#177 overall) but has not been signed by the Capitals to date. Priskie, a native of Pembroke Pines, Florida, has elected to return to Quinnipiac for his senior season and would be an unrestricted free agent next summer.

CAREER
In his freshman year at Quinnipiac, Priskie registered four goals and 22 assists in 43 games played, and was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team, including being named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week on Oct. 27 and March 15.

In his Sophomore season, Priskie scored seven goals and registered 19 assists (2nd on Quinnipiac) and was named to the 2016-17 ECAC Hockey Third Team and to the 2016-17 ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team. In addition, Priskie’s strength on the power play began to emerge in 2016-2017, where he led the team with 15 power play assists and 20 power play points.

2017-2018 SEASON SUMMARY
Priskie, 22, had a solid Junior season for the Bobcats, as his goal production continued to rise. He finished the 2017-2018 season with 11 goals and 14 points in 37 regular season games. Priskie took a total of 109 shots for a 10.9 shooting percentage, which was 5th best on the Bobcats overall, and the second best shooting percentage for a Quinnipiac defenseman.

Priskie also shined on Quinnipiac’s power play last season. Of Priskie’s 11 goals during 2017-2018, eight came on the power play, which not only led the Bobcats, but was ranked first in the nation among NCAA Division I defensemen during the regular season, and placed him 11th among all skaters.

2017-2018 MONTH-BY-MONTH RECAP AND TREND ANALYSIS
The following is a compilation of our month-by-month prospect reports for Chase Priskie during the 2017-2018 season.

October
After a great Sophomore year in which Priskie notched seven goals and 19 assists in 38 games, Priskie was selected as team captain. He was even talked about one of 20 NCAA players that could get a call to the Olympics (Brian Pinho and Gersich were also discussed). Unfortunately, it seems he suffered an injury early this season and has only played four games, but he does have two goals and one assist in that time. He’s a good two-way defenseman that can skate and quarterback a powerplay. Hopefully he stays healthy and continues leading his team.

Trending: Same

November
Priskie is picking up his play, scoring three goals and adding four assists in his last nine games played. His total five goals is tied for fourth among  defensmen in the college ranks. His 10 points in 13 games is third on his team. The captain is leading the way.

Trending: Up

December
Chase Priskie (Quinnipiac) cooled-off a bit in December, after having a fairly decent November. Priskie registered no goals and two assists in four games in the month of December. Priskie now has five goals and seven assists in 17 games so far this season. Quinnipiac has 16 games remaining in the regular season.

Trending: Same

January
The Bobcats Defenseman had a decent month offensively, scoring two goals and three assists in just eight games for the month, bringing his season totals to seven goals and 10 assists in just 25 games. Priskie has been a steady force on Quinnipiac’s power play, scoring five of his seven goals this season with the power play unit. Priskie is a plus-2 and shooting 10.8% on 65 shots for the season. Quinnipiac has nine games remaining in the regular season. Priskie is 5′-11, and 192 lbs.

Trending: Up

February
Quinnipiac’s Captain had a good month of February, scoring two goals and four assists in just eight games played. Both of Priskie’s goals came in the last two games of the month, which was also the last two games of the regular season for Quinnipiac.  Priskie ended the regular season with nine goals and 14 assists in 33 regular season games for a .70 points per game average. Seven of Priskie’s goals came on the power play, which led the team for the regular season, led the ECAC, is second-best in the nation among defenseman and 17th among all skaters. Priskie was first in the ECAC in goals by a defenseman and third in the ECAC in points for a defenseman. Priskie took a total of 91 shots for a 9.9 shooting percentage. He was an overall a +2 with one game-wining goal. Quinnipiac will face Yale in the first round of the ECAC Hockey Tournament in a best-of-three games series on Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn. on Mar. 2-4, 2018.

Trending: Up

March
The Junior captain opened postseason play with a game-winning goal against Yale on March 2 and added another goal the following night. Quinnipiac swept their opening round series against Yale and advanced to the quarterfinals against Cornell where they were subsequentially swept in two games, ending Quinnipiac’s season on March 10. Overall, the Bobcats went 16-18-4 for the season. Priskie ended his junior season with 11 goals and 14 assists in 37 games played  for a .68 points per game average. Priskie took 101 shots for a 10.9 shooting percentage and was a plus-2 on the season. Priskie was named second-team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference in a vote of the league’s coaches. Priskie was honored by the ECAC for the third time in his career, after being selected to the All-Rookie team as a freshman and earning third-team All-ECAC honors as a sophomore. His 11 goals during the regular season led all ECAC Hockey defensemen, while he was also one of only three defensemen in the country to score 11 goals during the regular season. Of Priskie’s 11 goals this season, eight came on the power play, which ranked first in the nation among NCAA Division I defensemen during the regular season and placed him 11th among all skaters. In conference games only, Priskie’s six goals led all ECAC Hockey defensemen, while his 16 points rank fourth. Priskie will return for his senior season. “That wasn’t a season I’d want to leave on,” Priskie told the New Haven Register. “When I came here as a freshman I saw our senior class, Garteig, St. Denis, Soren Jonzzon, and they left such a legacy that guys still talk about them. Same for Sam Anas and Devon Toews. They were all such great players and some of the best people for our program. When I leave, I want to be talked about like they are.”

Trending : Up

HIGHLIGHTS

PROSPECT FORECAST
As previously noted, Priskie has elected to return for his senior season at Quinnipiac, and would be eligible to become a free agent next summer. It’s difficult to ascertain if he would follow the likes of Thomas DiPauli and exercise his option, ultimately signing elsewhere (Pittsburgh), or if he follows the route of the likes of Shane Gersich and Brian Pinho, and sign with the Capitals at the conclusion of his senior year. Regardless, a big year is ahead for Priskie. The Chase is on.

The Capitals are starting to develop a decent depth of prospcts on the backend, but there is little question Priskie could bring additional value, and potentially fight for a spot on the Capitals blueline in the next 2-3 years. His hockey smarts, leadership qualities and power play capabilities already give him a good fighting chance.

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