Author Archives: Justin Trudel

About Justin Trudel

Justin is a lifelong Caps fan, with some of his first memories of the sport watching the team in the USAir Arena and the 1998 Stanley Cup appearance. Now a resident of St. Augustine, FL, Justin watches the Caps from afar. Justin graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Political Science from Towson University, and a Master's of Science in Applied Information Technology from Towson University. Justin is currently a product manager. Justin enjoys geeking out over advanced analytics, roster construction, and cap management.

Capitals Potential Player Acquisition Target: Nick Schmaltz

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images In our latest post that identify players that could be potential acquisition targets for the Washington Capitals this off-season, we’re going to take a look at Arizona Coyotes forward Nick Schmaltz. With the Capitals looking … Continue reading

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Capitals Potential Player Acquisition Target: Brock Boeser

Photo: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports As the Capitals and General Manager Brian MacLellan are poised to enter the 2023 off-season with a quick retooling strategy in mind, modifications to the team’s roster will likely continue well into the summer. This … Continue reading

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Does It Matter If NHL Coaches Have A Stanley Cup Winning Pedigree?

As we near the end of the three-year contract for Head Coach Peter Laviolette, there’s an increasing chance that the Washington Capitals will be seeking a new head coach for the 2023-24 season and beyond. One of the selling points … Continue reading

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Evaluating Alexander Alexeyev’s Performance Through 15 Games

After watching quite a few Caps games from the press box this season, Alex Alexeyev was inserted back into the lineup on March 1st against the Anaheim Ducks after both Dmitry Orlov and Erik Gustafsson were traded leading up to … Continue reading

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Evaluating Nicklas Backstrom’s Performance So Far This Season

Nicklas Backstrom is likely going to finish his career with the Washington Capitals as the second best player in franchise history behind longtime teammate Alex Ovechkin. However, over the past few seasons, Backstrom has really struggled through a hip injury … Continue reading

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Trade Grades: Evaluating The Capitals Trades Prior To The 2023 NHL Trade Deadline

Following a white-hot month of December, the Washington Capitals entered the new year by erasing the ground they made up in the playoff race. Since January 1st, the Capitals are the second-worst team in the NHL in standings points, just … Continue reading

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Finishing Form: The Leading Indicator Of The Capitals Lack Of Success In The 2022-23 Season

At the start of the 2022-23 season, there was plenty of optimism regarding the Capitals’ roster, especially with the additions of Dylan Strome, Connor Brown, Darcy Kuemper, and Charlie Lindgren. The Caps expected to be without Tom Wilson and franchise … Continue reading

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Assessing The Trade For Rasmus Sandin And What He Will Bring To The Capitals’ Lineup

Photo: Alex Lupel/CP On a particularly busy day for trades, the Washington Capitals acquired 22-year old defenseman Rasmus Sandin from the Toronto Maple Leafs in return for Boston’s 2023 first round pick (acquired in the Garnet Hathaway and Dmitry Orlov … Continue reading

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Should The Capitals Trade For Jakob Chychrun?

Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images The day after the Capitals dealt Dmitry Orlov and Garnet Hathaway to the Boston Bruins, NHL insider Darren Dreger reported that the Capitals had entered the Jakob Chychrun sweepstakes. This made it clear … Continue reading

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Capitals Falter Against The Hurricanes: Post Game Analysis

Photo: Twitter: @Capitals In the prelude to the Stadium Series match-up against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, the Washington Capitals‘ offense struggled to provide run support for Darcy Kuemper, and fell 3-2. The Capitals were sorely missing their captain, Alex … Continue reading

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