25 April, 2014

A Victory for the Little Guys

The Capitals this morning made 20 cuts from their training camp roster: Greg Amadio, Dean Arsene, Jay Beagle, Francois Bouchard, Sean Collins, Viktor Dovgan, Michael Dubuc, Alexandre Giroux, Bryan Helmer, Maxime Lacroix, Tommy Maxwell, Patrick McNeill, Graham Mink, Travis Morin, Michael Neuvirth, Oskar Osala, Steve Pinizotto, Sasha Pokoluk, Darren Reid and Kyle Wilson.
Note the continued camp presence of undersized forwards Chris Bourque and Mathieu Perreault. Perreault’s presence is especially striking insomuch as Kyle Wilson and Alexandre Giroux are, comparatively, big-bodied, pro hockey vets at the pivot.
One of hockey’s greatest virtues is its meritocracy: if you’ve got game, and heart, there’s a place for you in the game. Many more cuts of course are coming, but on the first significant cutdown of camp it’s nice to see two highly skilled little guys fight on.
[UPDATE, 2:28 PM: The latest training camp roster reflecting today's personnel shifts is here, including the just-announced reassignment of Josh Godfrey to Hershey.]
[UPDATE, 4:59 PM: Training camp roster updated again here with Andrew Gordon, Andrew Joudrey, and Daren Machesney all assigned to Hershey.]


  1. pricklypanda wrote:

    to add to your idea of hockey as a meritocracy where the little guy with skill and heart can make it, i remember that preseason when little guy Metropolit had an amazing game and if i recall correctly even scored a hat trick, and he was still sent to the minors which said to me that they really had their team set in terms of the kinda players they wanted (ie the bigger the better) and weren’t prepared to deviate from it.
    that being said, i think that considering Bruce’s background, it can probably be assumed that he has a soft spot for the Rudy’s and the smaller guys with the talent and the heart than your average nhl coach might be.

    26 September, 2008 at 1:42 pm | Permalink
  2. muddapucker wrote:

    Bruce Boudreau knows the secret to the game…
    You build a team on heart and desire and fill in with size and talent. No team ever won a Stanley Cup without heart.
    You need players with heart to take other players game to another level.
    Washington has a rarity… a player with max heart and max talent, a true superstar in Ovechkin. But, the whole character of this team has taken on the character of heart. They got it and they’re going to get the Stanley Cup, because the are going to do what it takes to get it. The simply aren’t going to be denied.

    26 September, 2008 at 2:10 pm | Permalink
  3. This is unbridled enthusiasm, muddapucker; the stuff of preseasons across the continent (save perhaps Toronto). On a dreary Friday, we welcome it.

    26 September, 2008 at 2:45 pm | Permalink
  4. muddapucker wrote:

    While it may be unbridled enthusasim, its also true. No team ever makes a run like the Caps did at the end of last season without having heart.
    It also takes a goalie and skill players, I am aware of that. My point is that the Caps organization is putting it all together. They are on track.
    For the record, when it comes to heart… I doubt many would rate higher than Quinton Laing.

    26 September, 2008 at 3:03 pm | Permalink
  5. gozling wrote:

    So has it been determined where that puts Neuvirth? If he is the first one out of camp does it mean he will be the one loaned out to another AHL team? Maybe it is not a case of first out goes here etc., but you have to think that’s the case. How would you assess Bouchard? He looked good alongside Perreault in the rookie game, but of course it wasn’t an NHL game either.
    Thanks keep up the awesome coverage

    26 September, 2008 at 4:47 pm | Permalink
  6. @ Goz, thanks for the compliment! Neuvirth’s 2008-09 season destination, at this point, is TBD — but his trade-injury-trade-injury pattern hopefully will not repeat itself.

    26 September, 2008 at 8:21 pm | Permalink
  7. SteckelFan2039 wrote:

    FYI – Greg Armadio’s number should be lined out of the current version of the roster (from 4:59).
    If Carlson does not make the Caps, where will he likely play?

    26 September, 2008 at 10:06 pm | Permalink
  8. SteckelFan2039 wrote:

    Where is Cutta likely to play if he does not stick in DC?

    26 September, 2008 at 10:08 pm | Permalink
  9. @ Steckel, excellent questions and thanks for the correction to our ongoing roster updates. While nothing’s set in stone, Cutta would likely return to Europe if he doesn’t make the Caps’ roster.
    Re: Carlson, good question, and one to which I don’t know the answer but will check… his progress may indicate a league promotion over the USHL but I admit I’m not sure where he’ll end up.

    26 September, 2008 at 10:37 pm | Permalink
  10. Correction: Armadio is already lined out, but the font of his “44″ makes it hard to see. I just went to the table to add the line-through and it already had the tag for it. :)

    26 September, 2008 at 10:40 pm | Permalink
  11. SteckelFan2039 wrote:

    Chaos – that makes sense on the roster, I understand, and it makes sense since you guys have been right on top of the roster throughout camp and for that I thank you!
    Any info you might get on Carlson or Cutta would be great. I know that neither of them were on John Walton’s listing potential Hershey players so I would not be surprised to see them go elsewhere.

    26 September, 2008 at 10:52 pm | Permalink
  12. Some answers — Carlson is too young for the American League, so it’s back to Dale Hunter and the London Knights . . . although I gotta say, there are some folks I talked to in Hershey tonight who aren’t 100 percent convinced his return ticket has been purchased yet — he’s having that strong a camp with the Caps.
    Cutta for sure would go back to Europe — the new Russian League most likely.

    26 September, 2008 at 11:26 pm | Permalink
  13. SteckelFan2039 wrote:

    Thanks for the update, I appreciate it!

    27 September, 2008 at 7:52 am | Permalink