NHL 19: Washington Capitals Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects


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After a 44-year wait for their first Stanley Cup, the Washington Capitals finally hoisted the coveted trophy and celebrated throughout the summer with parties and keg-stands. This season, the Caps have returned with very much the same team, managing to re-sign pivotal defenseman John Carlsson and ready to embark on the franchise’s first ever defense of the Cup. The team is strong in all areas, boasting many of the best players in the game.

Alex Ovechkin, Left Wing, 92 OVR

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Age: 32Role: SniperHeight: 191cmWeight: 106kgShoots: RightBest Stats: 96 Hand-Eye, Offensive Awareness. 95 Puck Control, Balance, Slap Shot Power 

Alex Ovechkin has long been seen as one of, if not the best wings in the NHL, especially when it comes to scoring goals and throwing the body around. Last season, his 49 goals reclaimed the Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy, which the Russian has won seven times now. The sniper’s immensely dynamic play is perfectly mirrored in NHL 19 with his 96 hand-eye, 95s for slap shots, 94s for wrist shots, 88s across the speed attributes, 91 body checking, 94 strength, and 90 durability. 

John Carlson, Defenseman, 88 OVR

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Age: 28Role: Two-WayHeight: 191cmWeight: 99kgShoots: RightBest Stats: 93 Passing, Offensive Awareness. 91 Slap Shot Power 

As the team’s best defenseman, it was vital for the Caps to re-sign John Carlson. He is the elite-level defenseman that Stanley Cup hopefuls need, demonstrating his ability with 15 goals and 68 points with a neutral rating to stand as the highest-scoring defenseman in the league last season. Carlson is very well-rounded in NHL 19, but his upside is definitely on the offensive side of the puck due to his 93 passing, 91 slap shot power, and 93 offensive awareness. 

Braden Holtby, Goaltender, 91 OVR

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Age: 28Role: HybridHeight: 188cmWeight: 96kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 93 Rebound Control, Angles. 92 Five Hole, Stick Low, Aggressiveness, Agility, Vision 

Braden Holtby is one of the best goaltenders in the NHL and the EA Sports game. Through the 2017/18 regular season, the top netminder endured some struggles, finishing with a .907 save percentage, 2.99 goals against average, and zero shutouts through 54 starts. But, in the playoffs, Holtby stepped up in a big way to help his team win their first Stanley Cup, starting 22 of the 24 games, keeping two shutouts, and holding a .922 save percentage and a 2.16 goals against average. With so many attributes at 90 or over, Holtby is one of the toughest goaltenders to beat in NHL 19, and he’s only 28-years-old.

From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the Washington Capitals’ first lines start. The top set is a daunting combination of elite-level scoring ability, speed, and immense physicality. Tom Wilson is a very user-friendly skater to have on the ice, but getting the puck to Ovechkin in the left faceoff circle has to be the target.

NHL 19 Washington Capitals Roster

Alex Ovechkin (92) – Evgeny Kuznetsov (89) – Tom Wilson (82)Michal Kempny (80) – John Carlson (88)Braden Holtby (91)

Name
Overall Rating
Position/Role
Height
Age
Shoots
Best Stats
Evgeny Kuznetsov
89
Playmaker Center
188cm
26
Left
95 Deking. 94 Offensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control
Nicklas Backstrom
88
Playmaker Center
185cm
30
Left
95 Passing. 93 Deking, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness
T.J. Oshie
85
Two-Way Right Wing
180cm
31
Right
90 Poise, Deking, Acceleration, Speed, Agility
Matt Niskanen
84
Two-Way Defenseman
185cm
31
Right
88 Defensive Awareness, Stick Checking, Speed, Slap Shot Power
Dmitry Orlov
84
Two-Way Defenseman
180cm
27
Left
88 Deking, Defensive Awareness, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Wrist Shot Power, Slap Shot Power
Andre Burakovsky
82
Right Wing Sniper
191cm
23
Left
90 Discipline. 89 Acceleration, agility, Speed
Tom Wilson
82
Right Wing Grinder
193cm
24
Right
92 Aggressiveness. 90 Body Checking, Strength, Balance
Lars Eller
81
Two-Way Center
188cm
29
Left
87 Strength, Balance, Slap Shot Power
Jakub Vrana
80
Right Wing Sniper
183cm
22
Left
90 Deking. 88 Speed, Acceleration, Agility
Michal Kempny
80
Defensive Defenseman
183cm
28
Left
87 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power
Brett Connolly
79
Right Wing Sniper
191cm
26
Right
87 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power. 86 Strength, Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Devante Smith-Pelly
79
Right Wing Power Forward
183cm
26
Right
91 Body Checking. 90 Balance, Strength, Aggressiveness
Christian Djoos
79
Offensive Defenseman
183cm
24
Left
87 Discipline, Acceleration, Speed
Chandler Stephenson
78
Two-Way Center
183cm
24
Left
87 Discipline. 86 Slap Shot Power. 85 Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed, Strength, Durability, Wrist Shot Power
Madison Bowey
77
Two-Way Defenseman
188cm
23
Right
87 Acceleration, Speed, Slap Shot Power
Brooks Orpik
77
Defensive Defenseman
191cm
37
Left
89 Aggressiveness, Body Checking. 87 Balance, Shot Blocking
Nic Dowd
76
Two-Way Center
188cm
28
Right
85 Balance, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Durability, Strength
Travis Boyd
74
Two-Way Center
180cm
25
Left
85 Agility, Speed, Acceleration, Durability
Phoenix Copley
72
Hybrid Goaltender
191cm
26
Left
83 Agility, Speed. 82 Endurance, Puck Playing frequency

Jonas Siegenthaler, Defenseman, 74 OVR

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Age: 21Role: Defensive DefensemanHeight: 188cmWeight: 97kgShoots: LeftPotential: Top 4 low

With ratings of 85 or greater for shot blocking, stick checking, balance, aggressiveness, body checking, and strength, Jonas Siegenthaler is already a serviceable blueliner right now. Having a physical defensive defenseman sitting as a healthy scratch game-to-game can be very helpful when injuries come around, and Siegenthaler has the age and potential to see his overall rating increase if he gets an extended stay in the NHL lines.

As you would expect from a team which has just won the Stanley Cup and has taken the Presidents’ Trophy in two of the last three seasons, the Capitals’ prospect pool is looking a little sparse. But, there are some bright spots with two-way defenseman Alexander Alexeyev and the nearly NHL-ready Lucas Johansen. 

NHL 19 Washington Capitals Top Prospects

Name
Overall Rating
Position/Role
Height
Age
Shoots
Potential
Martin Fehervary
52
Two-Way Defenseman
183cm
18
Left
Top 6 med
Eric Florchuk
56
Two-Way Center
185cm
18
Left
Bottom 6 med
Alex Kannok-Leipert
57
Offensive Defenseman
180cm
18
Right
7th D med
Kody Clark
59
Two-Way Right Wing
185cm
18
Right
Top 9 med
Riley Sutter
61
Two-Way Right Wing
188cm
18
Right
Bottom 6 med
Alexander Alexeyev
62
Two-Way Defenseman
191cm
18
Right
Top 4 med
Sebastian Walfridsson
55
Two-Way Defenseman
183cm
19
Left
7th D med
Kristian Roykas Marthinsen
56
Two-Way Left Wing
183cm
19
Left
AHL Top 6 med
Tobias Geisser
68
Defensive Defenseman
193cm
19
Left
Top 6 med
Axel Jonsson Fjallby
57
Two-Way Left Wing
185cm
20
Left
Top 9 med
Beck Malenstyn
60
Two-Way Center
188cm
20
Left
Top 9 med
Garrett Pilon
62
Two-Way Center
178cm
20
Right
Top 9 med
Lucas Johansen
73
Two-Way Defenseman
188cm
20
Left
Top 4 med
Connor Hobbs
73
Offensive Defenseman
188cm
21
Right
Top 6 med
Maximilian Kammerer
64
Left Wing Playmaker
183cm
21
Left
AHL Bottom 6 low
Damien Riat
61
Two-Way Center
183cm
21
Right
Top 9 med
Vitek Vanecek
72
Hybrid Goaltender
183cm
22
Left
Fringe Starter med
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