Saturday, November 14, 2009

Knuble Breaks Finger

The Capitals have lost Summer free agent acquisition, Mike Knuble, for the next 3-to-4 weeks with a broken finger, which he injured on Friday night versus the Wild. This will sting the Capitals offense a little bit more, especially since they are already without Alex Ovechkin at the moment.

The pick-up of Knuble was thought to be a very savvy move by the Washington management team, especially for his style of play in front of the net, being very complimentary to some of the Washington shooters who would like a little bit more of a screen on the goaltender.

In 19 games with the Caps this season, Knuble has five goals and 10 assists, which is a little below the pace that he started the season with , but he still finds his value within the team system.

Also already sitting out for the Capitals on Friday was night was Milan Jurcina, who was sitting out with a lower-body injury. Jurcina has two assists in 17 games for the Capitals.

ImplicationsWell, Knuble is a Draft pick of Allan's this season, taking him at a bargain round of the 10th, 159th overall. I'm not terribly sure how he slipped down that far, but there he was, ripe for the pickin'. Allan is only 13 points out of the money in the Draft and it's going to be tough to make those points up without Knuble in his line-up.

On the Sheet, Knuble is a resident of Box 20, where he was taken three times in the pool this year. He also ranks tied for third in points in the box with 15, only two points behind the leader, Ales Kotalik of the Rangers. If you wanted to keep up your points, that would be a good place to do it.

Jurcina, on the other hand, is a member of Box 27, where he was taken zero times. It's a good thing too, because he doesn't rank very well in that box overall.

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