Capitals Player Report Card: Jay Beagle

Jay Beagle

Stats: 31 GP, 2 Goals, 1 Assist, 3 Points, -2, 8 PIM
Contract Info: $512, 500 cap hit, signed for 2011-12 season
Player Card

Scoring Chance Percentage Ranking: 26/29
Forwards: 17/19
Balanced Corsi Ranking: 17/29
Forwards: 11/19

Both of Jay Beagle’s goals this season may have been game-winners and one of them was a beauty but anyone who has seen him play knows that offense isn’t his game. I mentioned in Andrew Gordon’s report card that Beagle was kept on the team because he is a better defensive player and thus is more suited for a bottom-six role on an NHL team if needed. Too much depth is never a bad thing, especially on a team who was riddled with injuries like the Caps were this season, which is why Beagle played a career high 31 games. I always thought Beagle would be a career AHL-er and his play this season didn’t exactly change my opinion but I was impressed by some things he did and I think he could have a future as a fourth liner, but his inability to create much offense could hinder that.

When Beagle was put in the lineup, it was primarily as a fourth liner, and he was matched up against the other team’s toughest competition as a result. He was also given a lot of zone starts in the defensive zone (42% to be exact). How did he handle himself in this role? Not too good, but not terrible either. His corsi percentage was only around 43% and he had one of the worst scoring chance percentages on the team, but that was mostly due to a small sample size. When considering the amount of defensive zone starts he took , his balanced corsi rating was only -0.86 showing that he performed about as well as you would expect from a player like him. Also got involved physically with 45 hits in the 31 games he played, not bad for a fourth liner at all.

I think Beagle performed about to my expectations this season considering that I didn’t even expect him to play in as many games as he did so he gets a C on the year from me. For next year, I think it would be wise for the Capitals to look for a winger for the fourth line because Matt Bradley will probably be gone and I am not sure if Jay Beagle can handle a full-season of NHL play. I still need to review the free agent list, but I’m sure there are a lot of cheap fourth-liners who are better possession wise that we could sign. If not, then it’s good to know we have Beagle to fall back on. I’m just not sure if it’s a good thing for us to have him playing for a full season.

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