The Capitals seem to want to go with a bi-national core of Russians and Swedes, two of the top three IIHF-ranked international squads. Marcus Johansson is a dandy pick who is physical and is coming into his own at a nice pace.
McPhee believes Anton Gustafsson is his man for the vacant number-two center spot, but the Farjestad and Tre Kronor star will challenge him over the next three seasons.
Hopefully the Swedish middle and Russian flanks will turn Washington into a more well-rounded offensive juggernaut who know their attacking roles and the game-plan (aka, pass to anyone Russian. Except Varly). But that sort of thinking can alert opposing teams to the Caps’ predictability. Hopefully they don’t figure out that stereotypically, Swedes make better set-up men than finishers.
Shhhh… be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting pwasses.
- All quiet on the trade front, though McPhee has spoken to other teams. Let’s see if he can keep his hands in his pockets and not sacrifice any coin.