Key Stat: In the regular season TJ Oshie had a 17.5 shooting percentage in all situations and was one of seven Capitals to surpass the 20-goal benchmark. Oshie’s shooting percentage was the second highest in his career, following the 2016-17 where he shot 23.1 percent. Further, Oshie was versatile in his shooting abilities, scoring on all types of shots and peppering goalies to outperform his xG (20.12).
The Good: Despite playing just 69 (not nice) games in the regular season, Oshie was second in goal scoring for the Capitals – I’m sure I don’t need to tell you who was first. It is the third time in four seasons with the Capitals that Oshie has reached the 25-goal plateau. After last season’s drop-off in regular season scoring – posting 18 goals after a 33-goal campaign – it was good to see Oshbabe putting up numbers.
The Bad: That being said, Oshie’s 2018-19 campaign did see some false starts and road blocks. While Oshie started out the season with his foot on the gas, he was significantly hindered by a concussion which sidelined him for 11 games. In his first ten games back from injury, Oshie registered just two points in what was a lackluster December for the winger.
Though Oshie returned to form and went on a hot streak in the later stages of the season, he saw his year come to a disappointing end after being pushed into the boards by Carolina’s Warren Foegele in Game 4. Oshie’s postseason ended with a broken collarbone, just three games before the Caps’ postseason would come to an end.
Given that we’re just two years into Oshie’s 8 x $5.75 million contract, the main hope is that Oshie is able to return to form after a summer of healing. However, his recent injury history could be cause for concern moving forward, given the term and cost of his salary (author’s note: ALSO HIS HEALTH! I AM VERY CONCERNED FOR HIS AND ALL BRAINS IN THE NHL!).
The Discussion: Two years into Oshie’s contract, and given the tight cap situation the Caps are in right now, do you think it is worth it? What would it take for you to give him a ‘10’ next season?
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The Vote: Rate Oshie below on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) based on his performance relative to his potential and your expectations for the season - if he had the best year you could have imagined him having, give him a 10; if he more or less played as you expected he would, give him a 5 or a 6; if he had the worst year you could have imagined him having, give him a 1.
How do you rate T.J. Oshie’s 2018-19 season?
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