Wednesday, May 16, 2007

It's Official(ish)

The Caps have announced a press conference for Monday out at Kettler to officially introduce Nicklas Backstrom as the newest Washington Capital.

Once Backstrom signs, that'll bring the number of centers under contract for next season all the way up to... one (well, two, if you include Muffins Gordon - and why wouldn't you, given that he took 1,200+ faceoffs last year?).

7 comments:

Tyler said...

What was Backstrom's FO% in the SEL last year? Anyone?

Marky Narc said...

Muffins?

J.P. said...

Tyler - he was 5th in the League.

Marky - Muffins.

Tyler said...

Wow. Well that doesn't mean that he'll certainly be a 55% guy in the NHL of course... but it probably *does* mean that he won't be awful in the NHL.

JP said...

As a shaky and quick frame of reference (for what it's worth), Jan Hrdina was the SEL's top faceoff man this year at 62.59%. Last year in the NHL he was 51.9%.

Backstrom was 56.06% this year in the SEL. So "not awful" is probably a decent bet, but I'm not sure "better than 50%" is.

Tyler said...

I gotta think that if you're an NHL team and you have a rookie C winning, say, 49% of his faceoffs, you're happy.

Marky Narc said...

Ha ha. Muffins. Go figure, indeed. I like it!