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2020-21 Rink Wrap: Garnet Hathaway

From Backstrom to Wilson, we’re taking a look at and grading the 2020-21 season for every player who laced ‘em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2021-22. Next up, Garnet Hathaway.

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The Stats:

Regular Season


The Charts:

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The Key Stat: Hathaway registered 12 assists this shortened season - a career high for the six-year professional.

The Good: Hathaway’s 0.32 PPG average this season is the highest mark of his career and illustrates just how effective Washington’s fourth line was under Peter Laviolette. For the fourth-straight season he registered more than a shot per game and scored on 9.7% of those shots (coincidentally his career average). Hathaway provided goals in every month of the regular season (including a pair in January) and led all Washington skaters in hits (179). His Game 2 two-goal performance against the Bruins was one for the ages and three points in five playoff games was more than expected. Hathaway and linemate Nic Dowd were the only playoff goal-scorers with a positive +/- rating.

The Bad: Hathaway took more penalties (66 PIMs) than anyone on the team not named Tom Wilson. Those two forwards were the only Capitals skaters to average more than a penalty minute per contest. Washington yielded 26 power play goals against this season. Hathaway was credited with as many giveaways as takeaways (10) this season, a statistic you’d like to see favoring takeaways from your last forward line.

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The Discussion: At this point in his career Hathaway is a known commodity and he earns what he should. Do you think Hathaway can exceed his career best offensive output from this year? Can he limit his penalties and giveaways? And finally, what would it take for you to give Hathaway a 10 next season?

The Other Hathaway Season Reviews: Coming soon!

The Vote: Rate Garnet Hathaway 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 Garnet Hathaway’s 2020-21 season?

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