"They played together for a long time and they do a lot of things naturally,” says Hanlon of the Boyd Gordon-Steckel duo. “They sort of read off each other. Sometimes when things are all going goofy on turnovers and running amuck, it’s nice to put them on the ice.”
Steckel held his own against the Hurricanes. Plus he is gaining some chemistry on a line which is the buzz word around this year's training camp. That could give the left winger some all important staying power to make the club.
Also having a good preseason has been Thomas Fleischmann. Flash has been quick and strong with the puck. It always looks like he is on top of the play, which earned him some time on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Viktor Kozlov. During the game last night against the 'Canes, Flash had a pretty pass into the slot to a breaking Mike Green who scored the first Capitals goal.
While cuts are not likely until after the Philly game (if not after the Ottawa preseason game), Steckel and Fleischmann maybe seeing their names on a roster lineup more regularly beyond the preseason.