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 at a non-profit in Jacksonville, FL. Justin enjoys geeking out over roster construction and cap management.

What Will the 2020-21 Capitals Roster Look Like?

Prior to the shutdown of NHL operations due to COVID-19, there were reports that the salary cap ceiling could increase to a value between $84M and $88.2M. Given the fact that the NHL may lose revenue from the key stretch … Continue reading

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Blueline Blueprint: Do the Capitals Have Optimal Defensive Pairings?

Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images Following the acquisition of Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks on February 18, Washington Capitals Head Coach Todd Reirden has been tinkering with different combinations of defensive pairings. This is often a challenging undertaking, … Continue reading

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Dragging Since December: The Analytics Behind the Washington Capitals’ Prolonged Rut

December 8, 2019. The Washington Capitals are 22-4-5, good for 49 standings points, and sit three points clear of the Boston Bruins as the best team in the NHL. The Capitals have a nine-point lead in the Metropolitan Division. Many … Continue reading

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First Check-In on Ilya Kovalchuk and Brenden Dillon

On February 18th, in an attempt to bolster the struggling Capitals roster, General Manager Brian MacLellan traded Colorado’s 2020 second round selection and a conditional 2021 third round selection to San Jose for Brenden Dillon. Five days later, MacLellan sent … Continue reading

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A Deeper Dive on Brenden Dillon

Photo: @Capitals On Tuesday, February 18th, the Capitals traded the 2020 second round selection from Colorado, and a conditional third round pick to the San Jose Sharks for defenseman Brenden Dillon. The fact that MacLellan went after a defenseman near … Continue reading

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Held Together By Holtby – Are the Last Four Games an Indication That Braden Holtby is “Back” ?

Photo: Zak Krill/NHLI via Getty Images It’s been no secret that the Washington Capitals have struggled over the past few months, stumbling to a 10-10-0 record over their last 20 games. While the Caps as a team are still slumping, … Continue reading

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Eller Elevated: How Lars Eller Has Made an Impact While in a Top-Six Role

As Evgeny Kuznetsov recovers from his upper body injury sustained against the New York Islanders on February 10th, Lars Eller has been slotted into his vacancy on the second line with TJ Oshie and Jakub Vrana. Earlier this season, Eller … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Teams: The Capitals’ Drastic Regression Started Earlier Than One Might Think

Patrick Smith/Getty Images For the past seven games, since they returned from the NHL All-Star bye week, the Capitals have struggled to rekindle the momentum the team had earlier in the season, going 3-4-0 since coming off the week-long break. … Continue reading

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Reviewing The Nick Jensen and Madison Bowey Trade One Year Later

On February 22, 2019, the Washington Capitals acquired defenseman Nick Jensen from the Detroit Red Wings, sending Detroit defenseman Madison Bowey and a 2020 second-round draft pick. Shortly after announcing the trade, Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan announced that the … Continue reading

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How Martin Fehérváry Fared In His Return To The Capitals

After a relatively surprising call-up yesterday, Martin Fehérváry entered the Caps lineup, purely for evaluation purposes. The match-up against the rebuilding Los Angeles Kings seemed to make the most sense, as Fehérváry subbed for Jonas Siegenthaler on the third pairing … Continue reading

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