Who Is the Most Undervalued Washington Capitals Player?

Who Is the Most Undervalued Washington Capitals Player?
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The doldrums of winter haven’t slowed down the Washington Capitals across VA sports betting, as the franchise appears set to march into the postseason for the 15th time in the last 16 seasons.  

That’s because the Capitals, who are currently fourth in the Metropolitan Division with 60 points, now hold the top Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.  

Behind another mammoth season from future Hall of Fame forward Alex Ovechkin and gutsy performances turned in by role players, like defensemen Erik Gustafsson and Trevor van Riemsdyk, the Capitals appear to have the right mix of on-ice camaraderie and composure to make another championship run in 2023.  

BetVirginia.com utilized HockeyReference.com to gather the Capitals' salary information and point shares (including offensive & defensive). Once acquiring that information, we divided the salary by the player’s point shares to determine the current value at this point in the NHL 2022-23 season. For goalies, we used the goalie shares metric on HockeyReference.com.

Here’s what we found for the Peter Laviolette-coached Capitals.

Most Undervalued Capitals on '22-23 Roster

Player2022-23 Cap Hit2022-23 Point SharesValue (Salary Per Point Share)*
D Erik Gustafsson$800,0005.1$156,863
D Trevor van Riemsdyk$950,0003.1$306,452
G Charlie Lindgren$1,100,0003.4$323,529
* — Rounded to nearest whole number.

Why the Capitals Trio Stands Out

While you won’t find Gustafsson, van Riemsdyk or Charlie Lindgren atop the Capitals point totals, the same cannot be said of their impact to the team at large across Virginia sports betting apps.  

That’s because Gustafsson has added 29 points (7 goals, 22 assists) in 49 games, while also providing solid playmaking from the team’s lower lines, while van Riemsdyk has averaged the fourth-most ice time (18:16) of any defenseman on the Capitals roster.  

Van Riemsdyk has also been a boost to the Capitals’ offensive attack when on the ice this season, with 14 points (six goals and eight assists), to go with a +8 rating.  

Lindgren has thrived when he’s started for the Capitals as well, posting a 12-6-2 record as the team’s backup goalie. The 29-year-old journeyman has already posted career highs for wins, games played (23) and starts (19) this season. He adds respectable averages for goals allowed (2.67) and save percentage (.907). 

Lindgren has provided a valuable service to the Capitals this year, allowing starter Darcy Kuemper to rest up during the slog of January by starting 40% of Washington’s games, which could prove beneficial come playoff time. Currently at BetMGM Sportsbook Virginia, the Capitals are +2000 to win the Eastern Conference.

The Gustafsson-van Riemsdyk-Lindgren trio have added 11.6 point shares  among them, with Gustafsson leading the pack at 5.1, averaging out to $228,000 of value (salary per point share) this season.  

The net result is a Capitals team that’s hitting their stride as the NHL regular season reaches the home stretch, in part thanks to an unlikely trio that’s spearheading the cause.  

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Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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