The recent news of Matt Niskanen hitting the LTIR is a tough one to swallow for Capital fans. Washington lost three defensemen in the off season and were forced to call up Christian Djoos, Madison Bowey, Taylor Chorney. Three inexperienced defenseman on their roster of a hopeful Stanley Cup run is never a good sign. We all are aware that the Capitals have won back to back President trophies and have been a top team in the NHL without capturing a Stanley Cup title. And after last season it seemed like fans have written off the Capitals and said their window has officially closed.
Well with Alexander Ovechkin off to a hot start and that first line remaining unstoppable, plus T.J. Oshie and the top goalie in the NHL the Capitals still have an appealing roster capable of a deep playoff run. But one thing that concerns many is their defensive depth. Which is why they should consider Mark Streit, now Streit played a short stint with the Penguins in their Stanley Cup win last year, was sent to Montreal until David Schlemko was ready, so now Streit has cleared waivers is a free agent.
Now, Mark Streit is a 12-year veteran, has 786 games played and 34 career playoff games. He has been around the block a few times and definitely can serve as a number six defenseman on any team. He is 40-years-old so his age 100% plays a factor but he is definitely capable of playing ten to twelve minutes a game and being that veteran defenseman the Capitals could use in certain situations where they do not want to rely on a young defenseman.
Ok, so if not Streit who can the Capitals look for, well, Roman Polak is still available, John Michael Liles, Nick Schultz by no means are they top defenseman but throw one of these guys on the third d-pairing and you have yourself a more sturdy sixth or fifth defenseman than Taylor Chorney or Madison Bowey. Think about Washington, I’m just saying it would not hurt.