Key Stat: Oshie posted a shooting percentage of 19%, which was the fifth-highest in the NHL this season. He’s always a pretty high percentage shooter (Oshie has never been lower than 14.1% since arriving in DC), this season’s mark checks in as the second-highest of his career. It makes you wonder how many more goals he could have if he shot more. He was sixth on the team in shots this last season. He’s very particular with his shot but maybe he fired a bit more on net he’d get a couple more goals a season.
The Good: Oshie played every single game this season for the Capitals. That may not seem like a world breaker but Oshie has always had injury issues, specifically with his head. He’s not once finished a season playing every game. It was great to see him last the season fully healthy. Oshie’s health and longevity will be very important to how his long term contract will affect the team. The longer he stays healthy the longer his contract works out. Plus, having him in the locker-room every game is a huge plus.
The Bad: There really isn’t anything bad to report about Oshie except he’s aging. He’ll be 34 by the end of December and Caps will be paying him $5.75M through the age of 38. He was on pace for 58 points this season and as long as he stays above 50 points he’s worth it. But as noted above his health will determine a lot about his future. He’s now had multiple head injuries and with more and more studies coming out about head trauma in sports it’s important Oshie thinks about his health more than the game.
The Discussion: Since signing his contract extension three summers ago, Oshie has given the Caps pretty good value for his cap hit (and it’s unlikely they win a Cup without him), but how many more 50+ point seasons does he have left? Is Oshie the easy option for a move to Seattle in the upcoming expansion draft, or should the Caps hang on to him as part of the veteran leadership team? Finally, what would it take for you to give Oshie a 10 next season?
Other Oshie Season Reviews: Coming soon!
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.
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