Semyon Varlamov's return from injury gives the Capitals one of youngest goaltending duos in the league. Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth, both 22, have played just 58 career NHL games between them. Neuvy played splendidly against the Islanders on Wednesday night and he's garnered lots of attention from some of the hockey media, as has fellow team mate John Carlson. Though Carlson made a few rookie mistakes against the Isles, which is bound to happen along the season's long road, his performance against New Jersey last week gave hockey fans a glimpse of what is bound to be a bright future for the lad dubbed "Captain America."
USA Today's Kevin Allen recognized Carlson's abilities when he picked him as his top NHL rookie for this season, placing him ahead of other highly-touted youngsters such as top draft picks Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin and Cam Fowler. And Carlson's not the only kid in a red sweater on the list - Michal Neuvirth is listed at number five with a mention of the coveted "Calder" trophy consideration alongside his name. We look forward to many years with these young talents as well as watching some of the other future stars of league cited as ones to watch!
Speaking of youth, HM will most likely miss part, if not all, of the Capital's game against the Nashville Predators tomorrow night. Based on the fact that neither of my frequently penalized boys made a trip to the sin bin when yours truly was doing box duty during our recent tournament, apparently the penalty box is going to become my second home. As the Caps take the ice in the Music City, I will be opening and closing the penalty box door for our team's offenders, of which the coach is hoping will not include either of my twins due to my glaring presence.