Kevin Shattenkirk’s debut with the Caps on Tuesday night was largely met with positive reviews from both fans and analysts. The newest member of the Caps came as advertised, showcasing superior skating and puck skills that have elevated him to be one of the better offensive defensemen in the NHL today.
We’ve already covered plenty about Shattenkirk, including that he’s a top pairing quality player and his arrival could cause a shakeup on the Caps blue line. But, now that we’ve all seen him play a game for the Caps, here are some numbers to show that, yes, he’s as offensively-skilled as he appeared to be on Tuesday night in New York.
The morning after being traded, Kevin Shattenkirk flew to New York City for his first game with his brand new team. Shattenkirk brought along whatever he could fit on the flight and the clothes he was wearing on his body, checking into the team hotel later in the day.
While Shattenkirk’s jersey was freshly stitched before the game, the talented defenseman was missing several crucial warmup items. So it appears Braden Holtby gave Shatty one of his hoodies.
Earlier today, Kevin Shattenkirk landed in New York City, and tonight he will face the Rangers as the newest member of the Washington Capitals. Before resting ahead of the game, Shattenkirk spoke to the Capitals’ Mike Vogel about the trade, reuniting with TJ Oshie, and potentially playing with Alex Ovechkin on the power play.
In acquiring defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from the St. Louis Blues last night, Caps GM Brian MacLellan made a key move to help propel the team for a deep postseason run. He snagged the crown jewel of the 2017 NHL trade deadline without sacrificing any true roster players.
While the addition of the 28-year-old top-pairing defensemen doesn’t require sacrificing a key piece of the Caps’ roster, it will shake up the special-teams configurations and blue-line pairings. We will get a better sense of the impact after Brooks Orpik returns from injury, but it may take a while for the playoff-ready pairings to be finalized.
What we do know is that Nate Schmidt is the player most likely to lose his spot in the lineup, if the past is any indication. Schmidt has been the only defenseman this season Barry Trotz has scratched to get Taylor Chorney into the lineup, sitting out eight times through the team’s first 61 games.
Let’s take a closer look at how the pairings might shake out.
Last night, the Caps somehow acquired Kevin Shattenkirk without giving up a significant piece of their roster or a top-five prospect. Shattenkirk is a skilled, offensive-minded defenseman and arguably the best player on the Caps’ blue line.
While it remains to be seen how the Caps will use Shattenkirk, here’s a high-level look at the newest member of the Caps and how he stacks up compared to his new teammates.
Late Monday night, the Washington Capitals landed one of the best players available ahead of the trade deadline, acquiring right-handed defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from the Blues.
Shattenkirk played six full seasons in St. Louis, including parts of five with former Blue and current Capitals forward TJ Oshie. Oshie spoke to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford about the trade and was very excited.
Hockey is a bloodsport where its players will go to great lengths to win games. Hockey players will dive in front of 100 MPH slap shots, play on broken bones, and face-punch opposing players.
I bring that last point up because Capitals’ newly acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and current Capitals forward Justin Williams have a bit of a history. In 2014, they fought each other. Angrily.
It happened. The Capitals have acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from the St Louis Blues.
The Blues will get Zach Sanford, a first round pick in 2017, and a conditional second round pick in 2019. The Blues will retain 39 percent of Shattenkirk’s salary.
The Capitals also will get goalie Pheonix Copley back.
The Caps are all-in.
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