Lars Eller missed Thursday’s game due to a family issue, so the Washington Capitals were forced to go with eleven forwards and seven defenders against the Philadelphia Flyers. Washington’s seventh D was 23-year-old Swiss Thai sweetheart, Jonas Siegenthaler.
So here’s Siegenthaler’s stat line for the night: 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 shots, 0 blocks, 0 hits. In his defense, he didn’t even touch the ice until the game’s final minute.
“I think the issue there,” Craig Laughlin said during the NBC Sports Washington broadcast, “is that Laviolette is so pleased with his three pair of [defenders] that you couldn’t get Seigenthaler into the D-line corps because he didn’t want to mess up the chemistry of the six he currently has.”
Jon Press of Japers Rink also had a similar read on the topic, but I shan’t embed his tweet because of his salty language. “The D has been terrific,” Press said, slightly moderated by me. “Why would you [goof] with that rotation? You wouldn’t.”
This was technically Siegenthaler’s seventh appearance in a Caps lineup this season. He had, before Thursday, averaged 15:30 per game. That average is going to drop now.
Siegenthaler’s contract with a cap hit of $800,000 expires after this season in restricted free-agent status.
Screenshot courtesy of NBC Sports Washington
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