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Mart DC Kuula in Washington D.C.

Post by kuulapaa » Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:56 pm

We are living exciting moments as the new league - or should we put it The New League, WHL is about to start. There's 30 new GM's, some of them familiar from earlier leagues and some newcomers in the mix too.

I was lucky to get appointed as the GM of Washington Capitals which was my #1 preferred team. Not because of Ovechkin, whom I dislike as a person or Bäckström, whose Olympic Zyrtec adventures in addition to his nationality (I call it the Swedishness-syndrome) problems say it all. Team's financial situation, that is being only some 15,000 $ under salary cap was not the lure either.

What fascinated me most in a team with very little historical allure was their defensive core and one of the best young goalies in the league. The ones who know me do also know my affection to good defense. Carlson and Niskanen are great dmen and Orpik is a tough guy of my type. Caps' prospect pool isn't too deep and wide but there's some players for every spot coming up so it'll also be very interesting to look at the future of the team - not forgetting the fact that the current roster is actually still quite young too.

I tweaked the roster with two trades before the regular season. In trade #1 Michael Latta got sent to Philadelphia for 3rd and 4th round picks in far future (2019). I felt Latta was unneeded in the situation where I want to give young C Stephenson all the icetime I can. In the trade #2 young German goalie Philipp Grubauer and veteran forward Brooks Laich packed their belongings and moved to New Jersey in return for backup goalie Keith Kinkaid and Finnish veteran winger Tuomo Ruutu. After publishing this trade both team board and fans were celebrating the steal, although in my opinion it was not a steal but only a trade that benefitted both parties. More than anything I was happy to get Laich's hefty contract off of my table. And after these two deals I shall now focus on my existing roster - and I'll also have to find new trading partners because nothing is more worrying than doing all the trading with division rivals.

Capitals Depth Chart 2015-16
[table][tr][td]In roster[/td][td][/td][td]Notable prospects[/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]70. Braden Holtby[/td][td]a 26-year-old starting goalie, great on glove, future franchise player[/td][td]Vitek Vanecek, Hershey Bears (AHL)[/td][td]a 19-year-old Czech goalkeeper with lots of upside[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]1. Keith Kinkaid[/td][td]a 26-year-old quick and athletic backup goalie[/td][td]Ilya Samsonov, Metallurg Mg (KHL)[/td][td]a 18-year-old big, talented goaltender with good upside[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]74. John Carlson[/td][td]a 25-year-old mobile defenseman, excellent all-around defender[/td][td]Madison Bowey, Hershey Bears (AHL)[/td][td]a two-way defenseman, tremendous skater, age 20[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]2. Matt Niskanen[/td][td]a 29-year-old talented dman, superb skater[/td][td]Christian Djoos, Hershey Bears (AHL)[/td][td]a solid all-around dman, small size limits his play in the own zone, age 21[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]27. Karl Alzner[/td][td]a 27-year-old shutdown dman, good size and mobility[/td][td]Jonas Siegenthaler, ZSC Lions (Sui)[/td][td]a huge 18-year-old defenseman from Switzerland, skates well, needs to improve his hitting[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]44. Brooks Orpik[/td][td]veteran physical defenseman, leader type[/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]9. Dmitry Orlov[/td][td]an all-round dman, no. 5-6 potential[/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]88. Nate Schmidt[/td][td]a determined 24-year-old all-round dman prospect with great upside, no. 3-4 potential[/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]4. Taylor Chorney[/td][td]an offensive dman, good with the stick, great on skates[/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Left wingers[/td][td][/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]8. Alexander Ovechkin[/td][td]one of his kind, no point in trying to categorise him, a franchise scorer and the team leader[/td][td]Liam O'Brien, Hershey Bears (AHL)[/td][td]a 21-year-old checking winger, agitating player with some upside[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]22. Marcus Johansson[/td][td]a 21-year-old former 1st round pick, great skating winger[/td][td]Nathan Walker, Hershey Bears (AHL)[/td][td]a small-ish 21-year-old winger, quite balanced skillset (got released, not in our organisation any more)[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]28. Jason Chimera[/td][td]a big and speedy veteran winger, hard worker[/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]15. Andre Burakovsky[/td][td]a big 20-year-old winger, a model pro player with great upside[/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]13. Tuomo Ruutu[/td][td]a checking forward, hits well, agitating goes in family[/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]19. Nicklas Bäckström[/td][td]a talented 27-year-old center, oozes class, smart playmaker[/td][td]Travis Boyd, Hershey Bears (AHL)[/td][td]a small 22-year-old center, creative playmaker, limited potential[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]92. Evgeny Kuznetsov[/td][td]a strong willed competitive player, 1st line potential, age 23[/td][td]Tim McGauley, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)[/td][td]a 20-year-old center, limited potential[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]83. Jay Beagle[/td][td]a big, steady defensive forward, at his best when neutralizing scoring forwards, a weasel[/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]18. Chandler Stephenson[/td][td]a 21-year-old two-way center, very strong, 3rd line potential[/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Right wingers[/td][td][/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]77. T.J. Oshie[/td][td]a playmaking forward, hard-working & sporting player, 1st line talent[/td][td]Jakub Vrana, Hershey Bears (AHL)[/td][td]an offensive playmaking forward, good passing skills, possesses a good wristshot, age 19[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]11. Justin Williams[/td][td]a 33-year-old winger, a playmaker of real ability, 2nd line talent[/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]10. Tom Wilson[/td][td]a huge 21-year-old winger, gives heart and soul on the ice[/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]12. Stanislav Galiev[/td][td]a 23-year-old top drawer playmaker, very strong, reads the game well[/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr][/table]

As the Capitals was ranked as 5th in the WHL Season Preview, I have no reason to wait for less than our team seriously fighting for the win of the Eastern Conference. But as there is many teams building up contending rosters there will not be such thing as easy wins in the schedule. Let the season begin!

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Re: Mart DC Kuula in Washington D.C.

Post by elrune1988 » Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:36 pm

Good read :)

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Re: Mart DC Kuula in Washington D.C.

Post by kuulapaa » Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:34 pm

Introducing the Staff

First thing after receiving my job as the GM of the Capitals I fired three of the Assistant Coaches. For some reason we had two goalie coaches on the paylist so I decided one of them had to leave. Mitch Korn may have been better coach but I still wanted to go with Olaf Kölzig. I like the team loyalty in him. Mark Nemish and Blaine Forsythe were also laid off. And a couple of weeks later I sacked also one of our scouts, Alan Haworth.

Here is our recent personnel in the whole:
[tr][td]Ted Leonsis[/td][td]USA[/td][td]58[/td][td]Chairman[/td][td]Where the money comes from.[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Dick Patrick[/td][td]USA[/td][td]66[/td][td]President[/td][td]Where the hockey tradition comes from.[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Steve Richmond[/td][td]CAN[/td][td]55[/td][td]Director Of Personnel[/td][td]Former NHL player, has seen pretty much all of the business.[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Mart DC Kuula[/td][td]FIN[/td][td]49[/td][td]General Manager[/td][td]Knows how to run a team but hasn't won a cup ever.[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Ross Mahoney[/td][td]CAN[/td][td]59[/td][td]Assistant GM[/td][td]Former long-time NHL scout, Draft Specialist.[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Barry Trotz[/td][td]CAN[/td][td]53[/td][td]Head Coach[/td][td]16th season as an NHL Head Coach, disciplined and experienced.[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Mike Foligno[/td][td]CAN[/td][td]56[/td][td]Assistant Coach[/td][td]Working mainly with forwards, determined and disciplined.[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Peter Horachek[/td][td]CAN[/td][td]55[/td][td]Assistant Coach[/td][td]Defense coach, great in developing youngsters.[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Olaf Kölzig[/td][td]GER[/td][td]45[/td][td]Assistant Coach[/td][td]Goalie coach, strict disciplinarian.[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Adam Oates[/td][td]CAN[/td][td]53[/td][td]Assistant Coach[/td][td]Coaches forwards, a great motivator, another ex-Caps player.[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Steve Bowman[/td][td]CAN[/td][td]58[/td][td]Head Scout[/td][td]Has a sixth sense for potential, an ice hockey scout in 2nd generation.[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Thomas Abstreiter[/td][td]GER[/td][td]59[/td][td]Scout[/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Darrell Baumgartner[/td][td]USA[/td][td]31[/td][td]Scout[/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Andrej Cicman[/td][td]SVK[/td][td]37[/td][td]Scout[/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Jason Fitzsimmons[/td][td]CAN[/td][td]44[/td][td]Scout[/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Phil Horner[/td][td]CAN[/td][td]55[/td][td]Scout[/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Vojtech Kucera[/td][td]CZE[/td][td]54[/td][td]Scout[/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Ed McColgan[/td][td]USA[/td][td]50[/td][td]Scout[/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Martin Pouliot[/td][td]CAN[/td][td]39[/td][td]Scout[/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Terry Richardson[/td][td]CAN[/td][td]62[/td][td]Scout[/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Ville Siren[/td][td]FIN[/td][td]51[/td][td]Scout[/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Petri Skriko[/td][td]FIN[/td][td]53[/td][td]Scout[/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Kris Wagner[/td][td]USA[/td][td]50[/td][td]Scout[/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Mats Weiderstål[/td][td]SWE[/td][td]49[/td][td]Scout[/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Curt Millar[/td][td]USA[/td][td]44[/td][td]Physio[/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Ben Reisz[/td][td]USA[/td][td]47[/td][td]Physio[/td][td][/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Greg Smith[/td][td]CAN[/td][td]60[/td][td]Physio[/td][td][/td][/tr][/table]

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Capitals Player Stats Overview 14 Games In

Post by kuulapaa » Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:27 pm

Here's some statistics of the Capitals team:

[table][tr][td]Top 5 Goal scorers[/td][td]G[/td][td]# in Top 75[/td][td]Top 5 Assists[/td][td]A[/td][td]# in Top 75[/td][td]Top 5 PIM[/td][td]Mins[/td][/tr]

GK Braden Holtby has played all but one of the Caps games this far. His GAA is 2.87, SV% is 0.911 and he has no shutouts. With these numbers he is 37th in GAA and 30th in SV% in the league.

In League's Top 75 Goal Scorers Washington have 5 players, in Assists we have four players and in Top Point Scorers there's also 5 players from Caps.

On rookie lists there's no Caps players.

In League's Top 75 Power-Play Goal scorers there is two of Caps players, John Carlson with 3 (35th) and Justin Williams with 2 (67th) PP goals and in PP Points scorer list there's three of our players, Bäckström (20th), Ovechkin (42nd) and Carlson (49th).

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Stats Review 49 games in the Season

Post by kuulapaa » Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:04 am

After a not-so-convincing start into the season Caps are starting to turn it over. At the moment the team is in a 7-game winning streak. Here's the game stats this far:
[table][tr][th]Game Stats[/th][th]GP[/th][th]W[/th][th]L[/th][th]O/SL[/th][th]GF[/th][th]GA[/th][th]PTS[/th][/tr]
[tr ][td][/td][td]49[/td][td]25[/td][td]14[/td][td]10[/td][td]151[/td][td]142[/td][td]60[/td][/tr][/table]We are losing too many games on OT or shootouts, that is one of the things we have to change as soon as possible.

The team stats tells that we are turning out quite good at offense but all the defensive aspects of the game need more of our attention:
[table][tr][th]Team Stats[/th][th]PP%[/th][th]PK%[/th][th]GF AvG[/th][th]GA AvG[/th][th]SHoG AvG[/th][th]SHoAG AvG[/th][/tr]
[tr][td]League Ranking[/td][td]12th[/td][td]14th[/td][td]7th[/td][td]18th[/td][td]9th[/td][td]23rd[/td][/tr][/table]

Ovechkin has claimed his spot as the top scorer of the team after quite a tame start. Same goes with Carlson as the leading point scorer of the Caps defence. Brown as the leading rookie tells all about the rookie situation in our roster this season. Holtby has been injured lately but Kinkaid has taken over the #1 goalie spot quite well.
[table][tr][th]Top Players Stats[/th][th]Name[/th][th]G[/th][th]A[/th][th]Pts[/th][th]Plus/Minus[/th][th]AvR[/th][/tr]
[tr][td]Forward[/td][td]Alexander Ovechkin[/td][td]26[/td][td]25[/td][td]51[/td][td]10[/td][td]8.29[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Defense[/td][td]John Carlson[/td][td]4[/td][td]24[/td][td]28[/td][td]0[/td][td]7.73[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Rookie[/td][td]Chris Brown[/td][td]2[/td][td]2[/td][td]4[/td][td]-10[/td][td]6.51[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Goalie[/td][td]Keith Kinkaid[/td][td]8[/td][td]3[/td][td]1[/td][td]2.37[/td][td]0.922[/td][/tr]
[tr][th]Top Prospects[/th][th][/th][th]G[/th][th]A[/th][th]Pts[/th][th]Plus/Minus[/th][th]AvR[/th][/tr]
[tr][td]Forward[/td][td]Jakub Vrana[/td][td]16[/td][td]16[/td][td]32[/td][td]-2[/td][td]7.14[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Defense[/td][td]Connor Carrick[/td][td]2[/td][td]26[/td][td]28[/td][td]3[/td][td]7.06[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Goalie[/td][td]Vitek Vanecek[/td][td]8[/td][td]12[/td][td]0[/td][td]2.70[/td][td]0.904[/td][/tr]

To the end of the stats review here's the leaders of the player stats after 49 games:
[table][tr][th]Top 5 Goal scorers[/th][th]G[/th][th]# in Top 75[/th][th]Top 5 Assists[/th][th]A[/th][th]# in Top 75[/th][th]Top 5 PIM[/th][th]Mins[/th][/tr]

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