A weekly feature in which we update the performances of the locked-out Caps players.
(Due to technical difficulties, there was no update last week)
Nicklas Bäckström: After what was surely an incredible amount of persuasion, Nicklas Bäckström has joined teammate Alex Ovechkin with the KHL’s Dynamo Moscow. In his first three games in Russia, the Swedish center has one goal and one assist and is -1.
Joey Crabb: Back in his home state with the Alaska Aces, Crabb has been one of the Caps’ most productive players while locked out, and after posting two goals and one assist in his first two games, Crabb has one goal and three assists in his last four games. Through six, Crabb has three goals, four assists, and is minus-1.
Brooks Laich: Laich has been sensational since joining the Swiss National League A’s Kloten Flyers. Despite recording the game from hell, Laich has scored five goals and seven assists in 11 games, and has a plus-9 rating.
Michal Neuvirth: Czech netminder Michal Neuvirth is very much on the opposite end of the performance scale to Laich. Playing on a struggling team, Neuvy has won just one of 10 games, having posted a .906 save percentage and 3.52 goals against average. Not much more needs to be said.
Alex Ovechkin: Though he is currently out with bronchitis, Ovechkin has been immense in his time with Dynamo Moscow. In the KHL, a league where a point-per-game pace is hard to come by, Ovechkin has six goals and eight assists for 14 points through 14 games, and while that doesn’t equal the efforts of fellow NHL Russians Ilya Kovalchuk and Evgeny Malkin, the numbers are encouraging for a player looking to bounce back from a pair of bad seasons.
Wojtek Wolski: Wolski returned to his native Poland to play for KH Sanok of the Polska Liga Hokejowa, but has been underwhelming since joining, with just one assist and plus-1 through four games. That said, once he adjusts to the bigger ice rinks and less physical game, he should be disgustingly productive.
Stanislav Galiev, Braden Holtby, Tomas Kundratek, Dmitry Orlov, and Mattias Sjögren will play for the AHL’s Hershey Bears.
Karl Alzner, Jay Beagle, Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, Jason Chimera, John Erskine, Mike Green, Roman Hamrlik, Matt Hendricks, Jack Hillen, Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault, Mike Ribeiro, Jeff Schultz, and Joel Ward have yet to sign.
Tom Poti is injured.