Jay Beagle: 2013-14 Season Review


Today we have the privilege of discussing top-line dynamo Jay Beagle, who is a perfectly respectable player when he’s not being assigned the role of top-line dynamo. …Adam.

By the Numbers

62 Games played
11 Average time on ice per game
4 Goals
5 Assists
44.8% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
35.5% Goal percentage during 5v5
4.5% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
93.4% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

Peter’s Take

I think Adam Oates liked Jay Beagle a lot. Beags played every game last season and 75% of games in 2013-14. Aside from a stretch of scratches between October and Thanksgiving, Beagle has been a full-time NHL player for the first time in his career. That’s good because he’s a dependable depth forward on a decent, $900k contract. But once you took that pokey little puppy and gave him one of the toughest jobs in the league, that of Ovi’s fixer, Beagle became the object of scrutiny that he didn’t really deserve.

When the Caps hit up California on March 18th, Oates made Jay Beagle the team’s first-line center. That made some sense (two supposed scoring lines would be harder to match up against for the home team, Beagle’s purported defensive talent would mitigate Ovechkin’s weakness there), but it didn’t work. The Caps won, but the Beagle-Ovi line scored exactly zero goals and got outshot by nearly a 6:4 ratio.

That’s not Beagle’s fault. He is a decent bottom-six forward, and he shouldn’t have been asked to solve the most enigmatic enigma ever to enigmatize. Even with the low puck possession he had with Ovechkin, Beagle should’ve been able to score– but he’s not alone in being snakebit while skating with Ovechkin. Something else is going on there.

Next year, maybe Jay Beagle will get between 10 and 14 minutes a night, face some tough assignments in his own zone, and free up the guys earning 3 mil plus to do some damage in the o-zone. That’d be noble work, and we’d thank him for it.

Beags on RMNB

In Pictures

Obviously, this was inevitable.

Talking on an iPad like it’s a phone.

Because he’s used to a flip phone.

Your Turn

What did you make of Jay Beagle’s season? Can you ever see him as a top-six forward? What do you want from him next year?

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  • nicoley-poley

    Beags got his own bobblehead this year too! One of my personal favorite moments. http://www.monumentalnetwork.com/videos/snapshots-beagle-meets-his-bobblehead-1-3-14

  • Zach S.

    Brouwer, on the other hand, perfectly predicted the winners and he was just saying the first things that came to his mind.

  • Doublenickelporn

    Wish this guy had better hands.

  • Rob W.

    Freaking Beagle, love the guy but he needs to be chained to the 4th line

  • Owen Johnson

    Of all the players used incorrectly this season (which includes pretty much includes everyone in a Caps sweater at some point this season) Beags was used most incorrectly in the most ways.

  • robostop10

    I bet the real dog would have made a great 3C.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhB9lYxY200 I guess this should be in here.

  • I’ll have some numbers on this later this summer. It’s pretty interesting.

  • robostop10

    Better hands or paws?

  • 5manfront

    Why do you have a picture of Troy Brouwer for the article about Jay Beagle? Is it because he’s holding 2 beagles?

  • 5manfront

    But yeah, bottom six forward, PK time. Preferrably 4th line, and never higher than 3rd line as a fill-in for an injury.

  • Steve

    I could see him center a third or fourth line in the future. Just for his faceoff taking skill and backdoor camping abilities. Nothing more than that

  • Lawrence

    Beagle is a great guy and has one of the best personality’s I’ve seen in the nhl, so its hard for to say anything bad about him. The fact he got put on the first line with Ovi and was our 2nd line center after that, says much more about Oates than it does about Beags. You have to strive to be the best player you can be, which he did, and was incorrectly rewarded for it from Oates. He has a long future of being a 4th line role player that is great in the locker room. Believe it or not, those guys are not dime a dozen and players like Hendricks and Beags can have huge impacts on teams.

    I don’t see much top 6 potential in his future, but if he continues to work on his offensive game, a few years down the road, maybe he could get another shot in the top 6 (I have seen some certain skills in him that could develop into something offensive), playing a crash the net, retrieve the puck, and bang home some greasy goals (which is what he was expected to do this year, just did all of that very very badly). As for now though, he is terrible in the offensive zone and looks lost most of the time. I will be happy to see him on the 4th line next year.

  • Bugs Fire

    Such a shame he didn’t get that hat trick against Chicago… These articles are going alphabetically (Alzner-Backstrom-Beagle), right? Long wait till Tom Wilson, maybe randomize it?

    As for Beagle, his 2013 season is like the rest of the Caps – wrong players in wrong spots. Oates’ plan is now clear – he was hoping to confuse everyone, including the opposition.

    Oates: You think I am crazy because I scratched solid veteran player in favour of some dude named Volpatti who seems to be trying to miss the net? Played AHL goalie instead of two solid NHL netminders? Made a circus out of my best rookies? You’ve seen nothing yet – here is the fourth line grinder centering leagues’ most prolific scorer, bwahaha!

  • JenniferH

    Yup. Freaking Beagle.

  • serpent

    Beags is an absolute keeper.