Bruce Boudreau didn’t want to let too much slip Sunday night in his post-preseason comments. He and George McPhee will discuss Monday what to do with the roster, the Capitals’ coach said.
But one thing seems like a sure bet: Mathieu Perreault making the team.
Just check out Boudreau’s unprompted comment following the Caps’ 4-1 win over the Blackhawks.
“We have an idea. We know what we’re going to do. I think our best player all of camp was Perreault,” he said. “He played with the energy every night.”
Perreault finished with the most points of any Caps player (three goals, two assists), including one Sunday vs. Chicago as he poked a loose puck in into an empty net from the crease.
But the Caps know who Perreault is.
“I feel good about my game,” he said early in camp. “I’ve shown that I can play, and it’s just a matter of doing it every night.”
That sounds a lot like what Boudreau said he’d like to see more of from Perreault – consistency.
“In situations, his doing the right things, playing the right way,” Boudreau said. “He gets excited and then he wants to hold onto the puck instead of at the end of his shift dumping it in. I understand that. Those are the kinds of things that he has to consistently do to be a very good player.”
It looks like when the Caps submit their opening night roster that Perreault will be an NHL player, beating out Cody Eakin and Mattias Sjogren, both of whom were healthy scratches Sunday and could be ticketed for Hershey of the American Hockey League.
But it’s also possible that the spot Perreault won is one in the press box. He played in Jeff Halpern’s spot against the Blackhawks (as the vet got a night off), and so Perreault could be the 13th forward.