“I Thought He Did A Great Job”: TJ Oshie Raves About Hendrix Lapierre’s Play After Game Against the New Jersey Devils

The NHL preseason is a time for teams to not only gear up for the regular season, but to trim their rosters down in preparation for an 82-game campaign while taking a look at both veterans and youngsters alike. One such youngster in camp for the Washington Capitals is 2020 first-round pick Hendrix Lapierre (22nd overall), who through two preseason contests, has four assists.

One such helper came on a goal by T.J. Oshie during the team’s 5-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night. After the game, the veteran Oshie had strong words of praise for the 19-year old Lapierre.

Lapierre, who logged 13:39 of ice time and recorded three shots on goal, also recorded two assists during the game, the first of which came on Oshie’s goal at the 13:00 mark of the second period.

After the game, Oshie praised Lapierre’s play and pointed to how confident the Gatineau, Quebec native looked on the ice, telling The Washington Post’s Samantha Pell that, “The way he was carrying the puck out there, he looked like he was just playing free. Just making his reads, and a lot of times they were the right ones”.

Oshie also admitted that he wasn’t entirely prepared for a few plays that Lapierre made to him, and complimented the 19-year old’s “great game tonight”.

Under a tweet by the Capitals regarding Lapierre’s age and slick pass up the middle to Oshie for the goal, Oshie poked fun at his and Lapierre’s age:

The Capitals next play on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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