CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2012-13 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every day in alphabetical order. Today: Joey Crabb
Position: Right Wing
Ht/Wt: 6-1, 201
Penalty minutes: 8
Average Ice Time: 9:25
Contract Status: Unrestricted free agent [$950,000 cap hit in 2012-13]
Strengths: A hard-working and positionally sound forward, Crabb is one of those tweeners – good enough to record six goals and six assists in 12 games for the AHL Hershey Bears, but not good enough to make an impact in the NHL, where he has 20 goals and 52 points in 170 career games.
Weaknesses: Only Aaron Volpatti [9:18] averaged less ice time for the Capitals than Crabb, who was sent to the Bears on March 23. A likeable character in the dressing room, Crabb did not produce in the way the Capitals hoped when they signed him to a one-year, one-way $950,000 contract.
Memorable Moment: On March 14 in Raleigh, the Caps’ season seemed to be at a breaking point. They were 10-14-1, 10 points behind the Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes and trailing 2-0 after the first period. Less than 6 minutes into the second period, the line of Crabb, Volpatti and Jay Beagle helped resurrect the Caps’ season when Crabb tapped a perfect centering pass from Volpatti past Dan Ellis to begin a three-goal comeback and a 3-2 victory. The Caps lost two of their next three games, then went on a 15-2-2 run that allowed them to sprint past the Hurricanes and grab their fifth division title in six years. Ironically, Crabb did not play in any of those final 19 games. “I don’t know about that,” Crabb said about turning around the Caps’ season, “but yeah, I’ll take it.”
2013-14 Expectations: The Caps won’t re-sign Crabb and at the age of 30 it’s probably a safe bet that no other NHL team will give him another one-way contract. But he is good enough to be a solid call-up player from the AHL..