Washington Capitals End Of Season Prospect Report (Left Wingers)

By Jeff Charlesworth

Today, I continue my analysis of the Capitals’ prospects with a look at the left wingers. Each
day this week I will bring you my take on the Caps depth chart position-by-position.

LEFT WINGERS

Miika Elomo – Portland Pirates (AHL)

Miika finally decided to stay in North America this season after moving back and forth to
Finland the past few years. The new dedication paid off, with a fast start to the season,
leading the AHL in goals for a while and getting the call for his first NHL game. Injuries
bothered him throughout the year and caused him to miss the All-Star Game – which he had been
selected to play in – and the playoffs. Miika made enough progress this season to be considered
for an NHL job next year.

GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Portland (AHL) 59 21 14 35 48 -9
Washington (NHL) 2 0 1 1 2 1

Jeff Toms – Portland Pirates (AHL)

Jeff continued his act of Jekyll & Hyde this season, showing flashes of brilliance, but
disappearing just when you thought he had turned it around. He bounced back and forth between
Portland and Washington, putting up big numbers in the AHL but struggling when called up to D.C.
With the Capitals starting to amass depth at the forward positions, Jeff is slipping further and
further away from a full-time NHL job. He will be a free agent in the off-season, and may get
offers elsewhere. The Caps will probably be interested in bringing him back, but time is running
out.

GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Portland (AHL) 33 16 21 37 16 15
Washington (NHL) 20 1 2 3 4 -1
AHL PLAYOFFS 4 1 1 2 2 -3

Krys Barch – London Knights (OHL)

Krys had a decent offensive season, but had the misfortune of playing on a London team that
struggled and missed the playoffs. He also battled through some injuries but still managed to
achieve career highs in goals and points. He finished fourth in team scoring and was selected to
represent London at the OHL All-Star Game. Once he finished his OHL season, he was called upon
to help the AHL Portland Pirates in their playoff run. He played well enough that it is expected
the Capitals will sign him and he will start next season in Portland.

GP G A PTS PIM +/-
London (OHL) 56 23 26 49 78 -25
AHL PLAYOFFS 4 0 2 2 2 2

Barrie Moore – Portland Pirates (AHL)

Barrie played well in Portland this season, and did get a one game callup to Washington, but he
just didn’t do enough to deserve an extended stay in the NHL. He is a steady player and has the
talent to survive in the NHL, but it doesn’t seem like that chance will come with the Capitals.
Barrie is a player that may attract some attention from the expansion clubs in the off-season,
and could put up decent numbers if given an everyday job. If he stays in the Capitals
organization, he will be back in Portland next season.

GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Portland (AHL) 80 18 33 51 48 14
Washington (NHL) 1 0 0 0 0 0
AHL PLAYOFFS 4 0 0 0 6 -2

Erik Wendell – Minnesota Golden Gophers (WCHA)

Erik had another disappointing offensive season, scoring only six points and was occasionally a
healthy scratch in Minnesota. The Gophers started to make a run in the playoffs, but all Erik
could muster was one goal. He seems to have a wealth of talent, but can’t seem to put forth a
consistent effort. He will return to Minnesota next year for his junior season, but at this time
it doesn’t look like he is a part of the Capitals’ future.

GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Minnesota (WCHA) 32 4 2 6 26 NA
WCHA PLAYOFFS 4 1 0 1 2 NA

Ryan Mulhern – Portland Pirates (AHL)

Ryan has been kind of buried in Portland because of the talent at the forward positions. It
seemed he was on the fast track after getting an NHL tryout a few years ago, but has done little
since. Although he did score 20 goals this year, his overall season would have to be considered
just average compared to others on the Pirates. It may be best for Ryan to move on to another
organization in the off-season because things are going to get worse with another influx of
talented forwards coming soon.

GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Portland (AHL) 73 20 16 36 59 2
AHL PLAYOFFS 3 0 0 0 6 -2

Jason Shmyr – Portland Pirates (AHL)

Little was expected from Jason, who was a free agent signing last year. All the coaching staff
wanted was some extra toughness they could insert into the lineup when needed. What they got was
an important role player and a prospect to watch in the future. Jason’s ice time grew with each
game as the coaches fell in love with his work ethic and hockey sense. Jason will be back in
Portland next season, and the Capitals will want him to work on his consistency before they
could consider him as an NHL-er.

GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Portland (AHL) 52 3 4 7 163 7
AHL PLAYOFFS 2 0 0 0 2 0

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