Capitals rookies accomplished feat for the first time since 2005
The Capitals rookies are getting the job done this season.
Connor McMichael has four points in his first nine games for Washington this season. Martin Fehervary and Hendrix Lapierre held on to their respective positions in the absence of the presence of veterans. Brett Leason has two goals and one assist in just four red appearances this season.
Most recently, Leason netted the Caps lone goal in their 2-1 home loss to Philadelphia on Saturday night. While the goal itself may have seemed unspectacular, a statistic that flows from it is nothing but auspicious.
For just the second time in Washington franchise history, four rookies were on the ice for a goal — Leason, McMichael, Lapierre and Fehervary. The only other time that happened was on November 19, 2005, when Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Tomas Fleischmann and Jakub Klepis donned the colors of the caps.
Alex Ovechkin’s career has become legendary. Brooks Laich and Tomas Fleischmann combined for 18 years in the nation’s capital, accumulating 462 collective points. Jakub Klepis only played 66 games for Washington, but scored a respectable 14 points down center.
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Obviously, there is no guarantee that the current young guns in Washington will continue to have the careers of their predecessors. Their production this season, however, has been impressive under the tutelage of the veterans above them on the Depths board.
Leason, McMichael, Lapierre and Fehervary have a combined age of 83. When they’re on the ice together, as reported on Saturday, they have the potential to become centerpieces of the franchise for years to come.