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2019-20 Rink Wrap: Richard Panik

From Backstrom to Wilson, we’re taking a look at and grading the 2019-20 season for every player who laced ‘em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2020-21. Next up, Richard Panik.

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Regular Season:


Key Stat: Panik went scoreless in the first 12 games before missing time to an injury, but even then he still managed to be on pace for 30 points over an 82 game season.

The Good: From December 14th through the end of the regular season, Panik scored 20 points (all at 5v5) in 36 games, which is a 46 point pace over an 82 game season. During that same time frame, his 20 5v5 points were second on the team only to Alexander Ovechkin’s 21. Also during that time frame, his 5v5 points per 60 led the team with 3.23. The closest player was Ovechkin with 2.16.

The Bad: Outside of that amazing 36-game stretch, Panik had a total of two points. Hard to say what happened exactly, although it’s likely that at least some of that slow start was just adjusting to a new team (followed almost immediately by an untimely injury). So the name of the game for Panik will be consistency moving forward.

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The Discussion: Do you see Panik’s late-season emergence as something that can be carried over to next season? The addition of Ilya Kovalchuk at the deadline pushed Panik from his third-line role to the fourth line; assuming that Kovalchuk doesn’t return, where do you think Panik lines up better next year - on the fourth line with the likes of Hathaway and Dowd, or on the third line with Eller and Hagelin or Sprong? Finally, what would it take for you to give Panik a 10 next season?

Other Panik Season Reviews: Coming soon!

The Vote: Rate Panik 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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