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About Barry Miles - RotoBaller

Barry Miles is currently providing daily Metropolitan Division updates for RotoBaller, while covering the Winnipeg Jets for The Hockey Writers. When not watching or writing hockey, Barry tours with the alt-folk/bluegrass band Murder Murder from Sudbury, Ontario.

Barry Miles - RotoBaller has written 188 articles so far, you can find them below.


The Colorado Avalanche landed Czech right winger Martin Kaut with the 16th overall pick on Friday night. There was some concern for the young winger's health after he had heart surgery and remained in Europe for an extra year despite being drafted by the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings, but he made it clear to reporters... Read More

With the 15th overall pick, the Florida Panthers took the speedy, undersized winger Grigori Denisenko. The young Russian scored nine goals and 22 points in 31 games in the MHL (the Russian junior hockey league) and is expected to move up into the KHL for the 2018-19 season. Despite not filling up the stat sheet,... Read More

The Carolina Hurricanes have drafted 18-year-old forward Andrei Svechnikov with the second overall pick. Svechnikov, a consensus No. 2 pick in this year's draft, scored 40 goals and 72 points in just 44 games with the Barrie Colts, ranking eighth in goals across the OHL despite missing a significant amount of time with a hand... Read More

The Vancouver Canucks have taken University of Michigan defender Quinn Hughes with the seventh overall pick on Friday night. One of the top-ranked defenders in the draft, Hughes dominated in his freshman year, posting five goals and 29 points in 37 games. Somewhat undersized at 5-foot-11, Hughes believes he's ready to compete at the NHL... Read More

With the final pick of the first round, the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals have chosen 18-year-old Alexander Alexeyev, a defender currently playing for the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL. The hulking Russian managed 37 points in 45 games last season and is considered by some as perhaps close to NHL-ready. Comparable to players... Read More

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed six goals on 37 shots in last night's 6-2 loss to the Washington Capitals, leaving the Bolts in a 2-0 hole going to Washington for Game 3. The Russian netminder had been having an excellent postseason before allowing a combined 10 goals in two games against the Caps,... Read More

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point scored a goal and an assist on the powerplay to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead in the first period of last night's Game 2 against the Washington Capitals. It wouldn't be enough, however, as the Caps would go on to score five unanswered goals to take a 2-0... Read More

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson potted his third goal and sixth assist of the postseason last night in a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning to give him nine points in 11 postseason games this year. The 24-year-old bruiser was drafted in the first round of 2012 as a scoring power forward who can... Read More

Washington Capitals forward Lars Eller potted his fifth goal and 11th point of the postseason in last night's 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning to give Washington a 2-0 series lead going home for Game 3. The Great Dane has thrived in an elevated role while filling in for injured center Nicklas Backstrom, taking... Read More

Washington Capitals forward Chandler Stephenson is expected to start on the top line for Monday's Game 6 matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Stephenson was beginning to show his offensive upside on a line with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie, scoring four points in the final two games against Columbus, but he has registered a single... Read More

Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom is questionable for Monday's Game 6 matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins after suffering an upper-body injury on Saturday night. The elite Swede appeared to have injured his hand while blocking a shot during the penalty kill in the first period and sat most of the third period as a result.... Read More

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will start Game 6 in Pittsburgh as the Caps look to finish the series against the Penguins. Holtby has been the difference for the Caps this postseason after having the worst regular season of his career. We don't need to remind of past implications and what that means for Holtby... Read More

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stopped 36 shots en route to a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 to once again take the series lead at 3-2. Holtby has been great for the Caps after starting the postseason as the backup to Philipp Grubauer, going 7-3 in 10 appearances with a .924... Read More

Washington Capitals forward Lars Eller scored an empty-net goal and added an assist in last night's 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. After setting career highs in goals and points, 18 and 38 respectively, Eller now has three goals and seven points in 11 postseason games. Five of his seven points have come over two... Read More

Washington Capitals forward Jakub Vrana scored his second goal of the postseason and notched a pair of assists in last night's 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Vrana assisted on Brett Conolly's goal late in the first period to make is 2-1 Washington while still playing on the third line, and was then promoted to... Read More

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will start Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. There are no surprises here, as Holtby has won his last two starts against the reigning Stanley Cup champions with a .927 save percentage. There's no shortage of storylines in this series, the most obvious one being the Caps... Read More

Washington Capitals forward Chandler Stephenson has two goals and five points in his last five games since being promoted to a line with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie. The 24-year-old finished his first full season in the NHL with 18 points in 67 games in a bottom-six role but has found a new gear in... Read More

Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly will replace the suspended Tom Wilson on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov ahead of Thursday night's Game 4 matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Smith-Pelly finished his first season as a Capital with 16 points in 75 games and currently sits at three points in nine postseason... Read More

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will look to rebound after allowing three goals on 25 shots in Game 1's 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Caps lost their first two home games to Columbus in the first round but managed to win four in a row to take the series, including three road games.... Read More

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin notched his sixth goal in seven postseason games along with an assist in last night's 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins to start the second round matchup. The 32-year-old and his linemates Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson were the only ones able to beat Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray as the... Read More

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson notched two assists in last night's 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Wilson has found himself on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov for most of the season but has been especially dominant in the postseason with two goals and five points in seven games. Despite not... Read More

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stopped 22 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the first game of their second round matchup. It was case of deja vu for Caps fans as they blew a 2-0 lead in the third period and never managed to come back from it. In Holtby's defense, all... Read More

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will enter Thursday's series opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins as the likely starter after sitting the first two games of the Stanley Cup playoffs as the backup to Philipp Grubauer. Grubauer struggled mightily and allowed four goals in both games, paving the way for Holtby to come on in relief... Read More

Tom Wilson Is A Bargain

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has managed to keep his role on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov throughout the playoffs, scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists in six games against the Columbus Blue Jackets. While the bruiser doesn't receive any power-play time, he did contribute 17 shots and... Read More

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson tied a 30-year-old franchise record for most points in a single playoff series with one goal and eight assists in six games against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The soon-to-be free agent had a career year with 15 goals and 53 assists, totaling 58 points, all three career highs, and carried... Read More

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson fired six shots in nearly 30 minutes of ice time in Game 5 against the Washington Capitals but was unable to convert for the third straight game. The 28-year-old has been playing some of his best hockey in the last few months and is a good candidate to break... Read More

Washington Capitals forward Chandler Stephenson will remain on the left wing of center Nicklas Backstrom and right wing TJ Oshie for Game 6's matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 24-year-old had an assist on both of Backstrom's goals in Game 5, including the overtime winner, but registered no shots in over 20 minutes of... Read More

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stopped 39 shots in a 4-3 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday afternoon. The win was the 28-year-old's third in a row as the Caps take their first lead in the series, heading to Columbus for Game 6 ahead 3-2. Holtby continues to pad his amazing postseason... Read More

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert scored his second and third goals of the postseason in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals yesterday afternoon. Along with six shots and a block, Calvert had a monster night in DFS leagues. He generally plays a shutdown role on the third line with Nick Foligno and... Read More

Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom scored two goals, including the overtime winner, and added a powerplay assist to lead the Caps to a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Backstrom is lighting up the postseason with eight points in five games, six of them coming on the powerplay. He began the playoffs as a... Read More

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