Thursday, May 01, 2008

Boudreau And Alzner Get Recognized

Well, if you hadn't heard, Bruce Boudreau was named a finalist for the Jack Adams award. And why shouldn't he? He turned a team around from worst to first and had to deal with key injuries. Gabby's job was to turn young talent into full blown hockey players. What has all of DC pretty excited about him may not be his nomination for Coach of the Year, but what lays in store for next season. If Gabby can keep this team on its winning ways, we may be looking at a very interesting season in front of us.

Karl Alzner seems ready to try out for the big club as he was named both WHL's player of the year and top defensemen. He was even called to Hershey for their playoff run, but the Bears were quickly eliminated 4 games to one. Alzner may find himself in a Caps sweater next season. He talked of how excited and nervous he was about the possibility of playing with Ovechkin:
"I've been very fortunate to have perfect timing for a lot of things and this is another one because they're taking in young guys and getting better and better and are people's second-favourite team next to their home team," Alzner said.

"I don't know how it's going to be playing with a guy like Ovechkin. I don't want to mess up any passes or shoot the puck too high when he's in front of the net."

The young player's resume continues to impress, should make for an interesting summer camp.

One thing is for sure, the Caps expectations are going to be much higher come next year. With the accolades this team is getting, playoffs should be a given next season.

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