Capitals' final report cards: Jay Beagle

Capitals' final report cards: Jay Beagle
April 23, 2014, 11:00 am
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CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2013-14 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every weekday in alphabetical order. Today: Jay Beagle

Position: Center

Shoots: Right

Age: 28 [turns 29 Oct. 16]

Ht/Wt: 6-3, 215

Games: 62

Goals: 4

Assists: 5

Points: 9

Penalty minutes: 28

Plus-Minus: Minus-9

Average Ice Time: 11:14

Contract Status: 1 year remaining on 3-year, $2.7 million contract [$900,000 million cap hit in 2013-14]

Strengths: For someone who was a healthy scratch in 20 of the Caps’ first 25 games, Beagle spent three of the final four weeks of the regular season centering a top line with Alex Ovechkin, a sign of Adam Oates’ faith in him as a reliable defensive center. Despite 20 games in the press box, Beagle ranked third on the Capitals with 573 faceoffs, winning 51.7 percent of them.

Weaknesses: Beagle showed some offensive creativity when he played with Ovechkin, but neither player recorded an even-strength point in their 10 games together in March. A workhorse in all here zones, Beagle’s shooting percentage of 6.7 ranked 17th on the Caps.

Quotable: “I stepped in a role I wasn’t used to -- to play with Ovi -- and it was a lot of fun.”

Memorable Moment: Beagle saved his best for last, recording the first two-goal game of his career on April 11 in a 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Several teammates spent the third period trying to get Beagle his first career hat trick.

2014-15 Expectations: Work ethic has never been an issue with Beagle, who is one of the most well-liked players in the Caps’ dressing room. With one year remaining on his contract Beagle will need to prove he can score at the NHL level if he hopes to get a contract extension with the Capitals.

[RELATED: Final grade for Nicklas Backstrom]