Welcome to Caps 'Round the Clock, a blog covering the Washington Capitals and the NHL. In season, I update the Blog after every practice and on game day with Caps news and information, and then provide a recap and analysis after each contest. I also write a periodical Prospect Watch and weekly feature pieces on the state of the Men in Red and other things Capitals. And of course, I will post videos and tidbits from around the League and offer my two cents as the season wears on. In the offseason, I write a Report Card for each player, and will keep you updated on all the news about the Caps through the summer. I'm glad you're here, and hope you come back!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Report Card: Boyd Gordon

The stick...has magical powers.
Today I give you the twelfth installment in my "Report Card" series, as I continue my evaluation of each Capital throughout this past regular season and playoffs. Today's player is stalwart defensive center and Unrestricted FA Boyd Gordon, who finished his eighth season inside the organization this past year.
Stats/Season Summary: Gordo played in 60 games this year, with some of his missed time coming from nagging injuries around his lower body, but most of it coming between December 12 and January 12 with a right foot infection.  In those 60 games, he recorded three goals and six assists to go along with a -5 rating and 16 penalty minutes.  He was his usual solid self when he was on the ice, playing huge penalty kill minutes, and became even more important as DC's primary faceoff man when David Steckel was traded to the Devils.  He never looked overmatched and he held his own, providing a nice steady hand on that fourth line. Grade: B-
Role Play: When Gordon was healthy, he was exactly what the Capitals needed him to be.  He was reliable, he killed penalties, and he took key faceoffs late in games; the importance of none of that can be overstated.  He was exactly what Washington expected him to be.  Sometimes these are easy. Grade: B+
Playoffs: Gordon had a very quiet playoffs.  He played in all nine games but was held pointless and had a -1 rating along with six penalty minutes.  Some of his best play came in the Rangers series, but, like the rest of his teammates, something just wasn't right against the Bolts.  It's hard to discount him too much for that in my book. Grade: C+
Future Potential: An unrestricted free agent, Gordo is, to me, the #3 priority behind Brooks Laich and Karl Alzner in terms of re-signing players.  He'll be 28 early in the season, so he's certainly not getting old, and he is as versatile a fourth line player you can ask for.  He has earned his place on the Capitals and he has the ability to continue to fulfill that role very well.  Make it happen, GMGM (please). Grade: B
The next report card will be posted on May 20th, and will feature defenseman Dennis Wideman.

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