Trotz Rewards Beagle's Dogged Play
The three most consistent Caps in terms of effort this season are league leading goal scorer and captain, Alex Ovechkin, net minder Braden Holtby, who has saved the Caps on nights when they’re not playing their best, and the undrafted 2008 free agent acquisition Jay Beagle, who works hard every single shift. Coach Barry Trotz rewards Beagle’s dogged play with more ice time and more roles, like first line right winger, when needed. Beagle skates while other higher ranked players, like Jason Chimera, sit in the press box watching the action instead. He skates because every single night he acts like it might be the last chance he gets to lace them up and he does not want to waste the opportunity.