Ramblings: Updates on Schwartz, Oshie, Ferland, and Vasilevskiy; Dumba, Carlson, and Edler – December 11

Michael Clifford

2018-12-11

 

The Caps are starting to get healthy as the had TJ Oshie return to a full practice on Monday morning. He skated on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. This comes just a few games after the Capitals saw Evgeny Kuznetsov make his return.

It’s been so long since we’ve seen Oshie on the top line it’s easy to forget that’s where he started his Capitals career. The trio didn’t fare so well in 2015-16, scoring just 2.8 goals per 60 minutes at five-on-five. It’s hyperbole to say they did fare well because 2.8 goals/60 is just fine, mind you, but we generally like to see top lines over 3.0 goals per 60 minutes for fantasy purposes.

Anyway, Oshie owners will get him back and with him his PP slotting. Even if he’s not on an elite scoring line at five-on-five, there’s enough scoring elsewhere to make up for it.

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Another impact winger is on his way back as Jaden Schwartz practiced with Brayden Schenn and David Perron at Blues practice Monday. Beat writer Lou Korac seemed optimistic that he’d return Tuesday.

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Micheal Ferland was back at practice for the Carolina Hurricanes but