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Making the Capitals, September 22 Edition

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While most of the Caps roster is more or less set, there are still some roster spots being competed. Here's a look at those battles, and how each player is trending (to be updated as warranted):

Goalies Trend Notes
Michal Neuvirth Very good in Chicago, but Varly hasn't stumbled.
Semyon Varlamov - Still his spot to lose.
Defensemen
Karl Alzner Alzner took responsibility for the second goal against Buffalo, and was on the ice for both.
John Carlson - Not quite there. Update: Carlson has been sent to Hershey.
Sean Collins Still very much a longshot, but Bruce Boudreau praised Collins after the Buffalo game.
Tyler Sloan - Wonder why he's only gotten one game so far...
Forwards
Keith Aucoin
Aucoin scored the Caps' lone goal Monday (on a shot that was going wide), but it's still hard to envision a role for him right now.
Jay Beagle Received kudos after the Buffalo game, and has been winning a ton of draws.
Chris Bourque - Bourque had chances on Monday night, but failed to convert. Still, Boudreau seemed to be happy with his effort. Hopefully, getting his bell rung doesn't slow him down much.
Alexandre Giroux A double-minor in Chicago for an offensive-zone high stick followed by a mediocre outing against Buffalo may spell the end of the road (for now) for Giroux.
Quintin Laing When asked about Laing's performance in Chicago, Boudreau replied, "He did what he does, which is making coaches happy."