- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 22, 2011

Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau won’t really open up about what he’s looking for among the handful of guys competing for the last forward spot, but each player offers something totally different. Here’s a look at the combatants, in an estimated order of chance to make the team:

Mattias Sjogren

Age: 23

Height: 6-1

Weight: 209

Strengths: He’s strong in the faceoff circle and has no problem being physical. He should be able to kill penalties, too.

Weaknesses: Sjogren isn’t the best skater in the world, so his lack of speed could hinder him in the NHL.

What Sjogren says: “[I want to show] I can play at this level and be ready when they drop the puck and play my game.”

On killing penalties: “Of course you want to play penalty killing. I did it a lot in Sweden and did the same with national team. So if I get the chance, I’d appreciate it.

Cody Eakin

Age: 20

Height: 5-11

Weight: 179

Strengths: For a highly touted prospect, Eakin isn’t flashy — he’s a hard-nosed center who can kill penalties and play defense.

Weaknesses: Strength itself. He was bullied around by Sjogren a lot in development camp, especially on faceoffs.

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