Trevor van Riemsdyk on playing as both a forward and defenseman against the Kraken: ‘It was a weird circumstance’
The Washington Capitals learned Conor Sheary would be unable to play against the Seattle Kraken minutes before puck drop on Sunday, causing Peter Laviolette and his coaching staff to scramble and figure out a new lineup.
Laviolette opted to dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen for the game and gave rearguard Dennis Cholowski the spot vacated by Sheary. But instead of fully leaning into the 11/7 formation, Laviolette got creative and used defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk as a forward.
van Riemsdyk skated as the right wing on the second line with Connor McMichael Axel Jonsson-Fjallby and the grouping fared well together. In nearly six minutes of ice time at 5v5, the AJF-CM24-TVR line generated four scoring chances and one against per Natural Stat Trick. van Riemsdyk then switched back to his normal defense position for the rest of the game.