The NHL Lockout is over, and in the days leading up to a much-anticipated opening night, we will be profiling the newest members of the Washington Capitals organization. On Tuesday, Joey Crabb was up. On Thursday, we profiled Jack Hillen. Today, Mike Ribeiro gets the treatment.
Date of Birth: February 10, 1980
Place of Birth: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Weight: 178 Pounds
When the Washington Capitals acquired Mike Ribeiro from the Dallas Stars for prospect Cody Eakin and a second-round pick this summer, there was little doubt the organization had finally filled a hole that for years had held the team back.
In Ribeiro, GM George McPhee has finally found a second-line complement to top center Nicklas Bäckström.
A talented offensive catalyst, Ribeiro, though not the biggest player, has speed, skill, and great vision. A playmaker who loves dishing to his teammates, the center excels in all three zones, and makes those around him better.
With Bäckström, Marcus Johansson, and Alex Ovechkin likely to round out the first-line, Ribeiro should start the season with Troy Brouwer and Wojtek Wolski, talented players in their own right, on the second-line. If those three find chemistry, the Caps could find themselves with one of the best top-sixes in the NHL.