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

Can you take the Washington Capitals to glory with this roster?


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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

Age: 32
Role: Sniper
Height: 191cm
Weight: 106kg
Shoots: Right
Best 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

Age: 28
Role: Two-Way
Height: 191cm
Weight: 99kg
Shoots: Right
Best 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

Age: 28
Role: Hybrid
Height: 188cm
Weight: 96kg
Shoots: Left
Best 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

Age: 21
Role: Defensive Defenseman
Height: 188cm
Weight: 97kg
Shoots: Left
Potential: 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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