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 Kuznetsov89Playmaker Center188cm26Left95 Deking. 94 Offensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control
Nicklas Backstrom88Playmaker Center185cm30Left95 Passing. 93 Deking, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness
T.J. Oshie85Two-Way Right Wing180cm31Right90 Poise, Deking, Acceleration, Speed, Agility
Matt Niskanen84Two-Way Defenseman185cm31Right88 Defensive Awareness, Stick Checking, Speed, Slap Shot Power
Dmitry Orlov84Two-Way Defenseman180cm27Left88 Deking, Defensive Awareness, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Wrist Shot Power, Slap Shot Power
Andre Burakovsky82Right Wing Sniper191cm23Left90 Discipline. 89 Acceleration, agility, Speed
Tom Wilson82Right Wing Grinder193cm24Right92 Aggressiveness. 90 Body Checking, Strength, Balance
Lars Eller81Two-Way Center188cm29Left87 Strength, Balance, Slap Shot Power
Jakub Vrana80Right Wing Sniper183cm22Left90 Deking. 88 Speed, Acceleration, Agility
Michal Kempny80Defensive Defenseman183cm28Left87 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power
Brett Connolly79Right Wing Sniper191cm26Right87 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power. 86 Strength, Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Devante Smith-Pelly79Right Wing Power Forward183cm26Right91 Body Checking. 90 Balance, Strength, Aggressiveness
Christian Djoos79Offensive Defenseman183cm24Left87 Discipline, Acceleration, Speed
Chandler Stephenson78Two-Way Center183cm24Left87 Discipline. 86 Slap Shot Power. 85 Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed, Strength, Durability, Wrist Shot Power
Madison Bowey77Two-Way Defenseman188cm23Right87 Acceleration, Speed, Slap Shot Power
Brooks Orpik77Defensive Defenseman191cm37Left89 Aggressiveness, Body Checking. 87 Balance, Shot Blocking
Nic Dowd76Two-Way Center188cm28Right85 Balance, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Durability, Strength
Travis Boyd74Two-Way Center180cm25Left85 Agility, Speed, Acceleration, Durability
Phoenix Copley72Hybrid Goaltender191cm26Left83 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 Fehervary52Two-Way Defenseman183cm18LeftTop 6 med
Eric Florchuk56Two-Way Center185cm18LeftBottom 6 med
Alex Kannok-Leipert57Offensive Defenseman180cm18Right7th D med
Kody Clark59Two-Way Right Wing185cm18RightTop 9 med
Riley Sutter61Two-Way Right Wing188cm18RightBottom 6 med
Alexander Alexeyev62Two-Way Defenseman191cm18RightTop 4 med
Sebastian Walfridsson55Two-Way Defenseman183cm19Left7th D med
Kristian Roykas Marthinsen56Two-Way Left Wing183cm19LeftAHL Top 6 med
Tobias Geisser68Defensive Defenseman193cm19LeftTop 6 med
Axel Jonsson Fjallby57Two-Way Left Wing185cm20LeftTop 9 med
Beck Malenstyn60Two-Way Center188cm20LeftTop 9 med
Garrett Pilon62Two-Way Center178cm20RightTop 9 med
Lucas Johansen73Two-Way Defenseman188cm20LeftTop 4 med
Connor Hobbs73Offensive Defenseman188cm21RightTop 6 med
Maximilian Kammerer64Left Wing Playmaker183cm21LeftAHL Bottom 6 low
Damien Riat61Two-Way Center183cm21RightTop 9 med
Vitek Vanecek72Hybrid Goaltender183cm22LeftFringe Starter med