The Washington Capitals might be getting a career year out of Alex Ovechkin this season. He has 19 goals and 38 points in just 24 games and is on pace for 65 goals and 130 points in his 36 year old season.
They will be sure to try and capitalize on that and win one more Stanley Cup with their elite goal scoring phenom before he eventually retires. Not that he is going to be done anytime soon, but this could be their last great chance at going all the way.
Once they get reinforcement up front in the return of Anthony Mantha, TJ Oshie and Nicklas Backstroke from injury, they will be an even more dynamic offensive team than they already are now. They won’t need much help scoring goals, so where will they look to upgrade?
Well, they surprisingly traded Brendan Dillon last offseason in a cost cutting effort. He’s a big, physical, shutdown defender that can play big minutes.
So, he’s a lot like Ben Chiarot. The Capitals could use more depth on the left side of their defence where they are now using Dmitri Orlov, Fehervary and Matt Irwin. Acquiring Chiarot would really solidify their top four on the blue line with Orlov, John Carlson and Nick Jensen.
What would it cost? Well, like Pierre LeBrun said, there will be plenty of suitors for Chiarot and he could definitely fetch them a first round pick. If the Habs are interested in a prospect instead?
The Capitals drafted centre Hendrix Lapierre from Gatineau with the 22nd overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. He has 11 points in eight games in the QMJHL this season after starting the season with the Caps. He is a young, skilled playmaking pivot who would fit in quite well down the middle in Montreal in the future.