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!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Report Card: Mike Green

The speed...we need to increase the speed.
Today I bring you the twenty-sixth 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 puck-moving defenseman Mike Green, who finished his sixth season in the organization this year.

Stats/Season Summary: Green was limited by injuries to only 49 games this year, the majority of which were due to a concussion he suffered in February. Even when he was able to play, he was far from his regular offensive stud self, tallying only 8 goals and 24 points along with a +6 rating and 48 penalty minutes. He struggled offensively from the start; so I don't think it was the shift to defense first that hurt him; I just think he had a bad year.  Things were not right for him all season, and it ended up being a lost season for Greenie offensively.  His defense got better, and he was top-five on the team in hits and blocked shots despite those missed games, so there were some positives. Grade: B
Role Play: Mike Green is an offensive defenseman.  Not a stay-at-home, defensive defenseman; he's a scorer.  He had a very bad year by his standards offensively, and the fact that he played defense, while good in a large sense, is disturbing when you consider what makes him so valuable.  It is not a coincidence that the power play was so bad and Green was so bad, they are a big piece of one another.  He needs to be better offensively next season, no questions asked, and he needs to do it while keeping his defense up.  I get that his injuries were not ideal, but he's been nominated for two Norris Trophies. Grade: C
Playoffs: Despite his slow regular season offensively, Green had a good playoffs, scoring a goal and adding five assists to go along with and even rating and 8 PIMs in eight games.  He missed that one game because of a hip flexor injury he suffered in game three of the Tampa series.  When he was able to play, he looked good; he did his job for the most part and didn't look out of place. Overall, a very solid performance. Grade: A-
Future Potential: Green is signed for one more year before he becomes a free agent, and he is going to be a big part of the Caps next year (obviously).  He'll have a full summer to get completely healthy and focused, and he will have a big year next year to try and amp his next contract up.  The skill set is still there, and like I said before, this is a two time Norris nominee.  He's gonna be good as long as he plays to his strengths - speed and attack. Grade: A-

The next report card will be posted on June 14th and will feature center Nicklas Backstrom.

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