The Washington Capitals have named Jim Slater to the Player Development Department, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Slater will assist and work closely with forward prospects in the organization.
The addition to the Capitals development department is the second this month. Earlier in the month the Capitals named Brooks Orpik to the Player Development Department to work with defensive prospects (here).
“It’s a great opportunity with a great organization. I’m looking forward to helping the prospects try and achieve their professional goals,” said Slater, who is also volunteering his coaching services to his alma mater Michigan State University’s hockey program.
After a 54.4 percent win rate in the dot in 2006-07, Slater earned recognition as one of the most proficient faceoff players in the game.
He posted a career-best 61.46 percent win rate in 2010-11, and finished his NHL career with a 56.1 percent mark.
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In his new role, Slater will assist and work closely with forward prospects in the organization, primarily with the Hershey Bears (AHL).
The Lapeer, Michigan native played in 584 career National Hockey League games with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets organization. Selected by the Thrashers in the first round, 30th overall, in the 2002 NHL Draft, Slater recorded 138 points (67g, 71a) and 407 penalty minutes. Slater spent four seasons with Michigan State from 2001-05.
Internationally, Slater represented the United States in World Championships (2006, 2012) and World Junior Championship (2002).