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Posted at 3:03 PM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Caps sign 2009 draft pick Brett Flemming

By Lindsay Applebaum

The Capitals have signed defenseman Brett Flemming to a three-year entry-level contract.

Flemming, a fifth-round (145th overall) draft pick in 2009, has 12 assists and 14 points in 25 games with the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors of the OHL this season.

Here's more about Flemming from Hockey's Future.

By Lindsay Applebaum  | December 2, 2010; 3:03 PM ET
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The risk of playing Erskine, Schulz, and Hannan in the same game is that neither of those guys can be paired with each other as they would just be too slow.
Posted by: sgm3 |

I don't buy that argument at all.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | December 2, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Also, are Caps fans still wanting Bieksa? Did cstanton1 really convert some of you over into Bieksa-lovers through his propaghanda? Remember people..this was also the guy who said Regehr was "over the hill" and washed up. Go check out his defensive stats and compare them to Bieksa or Souray..(even with the AHL adjustment..haha)

Posted by: richmondphil2 | December 2, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

the d just keeps getting deeper and deeper - BreFle is the missing piece that should bring the cup to DC

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 2, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I don't buy that argument at all.

Posted by: richmondphil2

Buy what argument? I think it would be risky to have a Hannan/Erskine or Hannan/Schulz or Schulz/Erskine pairing face any top-2 line as their lack of speed and quickness would be attacked constantly.

They apparently are trying it out tonight(because Poti is hurt). My guess is that that pairing doesn't see too much time against the top 2 lines of Dallas.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 2, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm not so sure I like this Sturm pickup for the Kings. Yeah, gives them another locker room vet presence, but how much did Modin provide last year? (Who is about the same ilk of a player as Sturm.)

LA needs a top-6 upgrade, not more fluff. Oh well.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | December 2, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Does this contract move Brett Flemming
from the OHL to the AHL? Or does he stay there and eventually work his way up?

Posted by: j3rockstar | December 2, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Yes! Yes! BXӘ! BXӘ! BXӘ!

Posted by: Rhino40 | December 2, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

You're right, it wasn't even an argument. I don't buy that assertion* at all? Does that work better?

I don't buy that a pairing of two of those three guys can't be made because they are, perceivably, "too slow."

Posted by: richmondphil2 | December 2, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Does this contract move Brett Flemming
from the OHL to the AHL?

Posted by: j3rockstar |

No it does not. But not because he isn't "good enough", but because he is ineligible to play in the AHL this year. He may see a few games after the OHL season is done this year. This also means that this year does not count against the 3 in his ELC.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | December 2, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Good article summarizing the CHL/NHL transfer agreement.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | December 2, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks richmondphil2.

Posted by: j3rockstar | December 2, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3 and richmondphil

O'Donnell and Meszaros, two incredibly slow defensemen, are doing quite well together in Philly...

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 2, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Speed is certainly an asset for a d-man, but players like Schultz, Erskine, and Hannan (I assume) compensate but not making risky plays and not getting out of position - the way Carlson does from time-time and Green did more frequently in the past. I don't see a big problem with pairing the "slow" guys on an occasional basis, even occasionally against top lines.

Posted by: zmega | December 2, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Did people see what Miblury wrote about the Caps?

I guess he is a Kool-Aid drinker now also.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 2, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"what more does Erskine have to do to earn a regular spot?"

My guess would be that he would have to improve the one flaw in his game that I see right now. That would be the first clean crisp outlet pass. Many times when the Caps get hemmed in their own Erskine is on the ice, has or gets possession of the puck and fails to get it out.

That's just a guess and I'm just the messenger. I'm trying not to get flamed. :)

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | December 2, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

i agree w/your last statement, it's important Ersk stay healthy, and I'd be happy if he dressed 3 of every 4 games....but it won't happen;

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 2, 2010 4:00 PM

i can agree that he should get a jersey around 50-60 games per year.
i also agree that it probably won't happen
but i still believe schutlz and alzner have more upside than erskine

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 2, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Richmond Phil can be a pain in the neck but he seems to know hockey very well. Always good for some in depth hockey knowledge. These boards are getting more and more knowledgable folks.

Posted by: pkme | December 2, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

ok, sorry to beat a dead horse but i've been out all day...

i'm very impressed they way ersk has turned his game around. though he's not lightning fast we can certainly see he's worked hard on his skating and foot speed which i believe has made a huge difference.

now if he could pass on the card of his power skating instructor to schultz we'd be in business. if ersk can do it so can schultzy.

Posted by: natresgroup | December 2, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Who's got more hits than Bouwmeester, Goligoski, Hamrlik, and one less than Timonen? Jeff Schultz. Course Schultz has a little more than a third of the hits John Erskine has. Erskine's tied for 7th in the league among D.

Posted by: Justafan | December 2, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

how Erskine can be in the top 3 amongst Caps dmen in hits, blocked shots, fights, pims, goals, points and be ahead of ALzner in +/- while being paired w/Sloan and Fahey all year (vs. Alzner only playing w/Carlson), and still not be considered for a rotatingg regular spot if/when everyone is healthy, is beyond me....

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 2, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I was at the game last Friday, the 6-0 shutout of Tampa Bay, and seeing our D in person, I was very impressed. I realize that's a small sample, and they played probably their best game in two seasons, but in my opinion, we have a great defensive corps. They will only get better. Defensemen mature later than the average forward and with Green, Schultz, Alzner, and Carlson, I think we can count on a solid, steadily improving group for a few years to come.

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Posted by: kathrynmerry | December 3, 2010 3:47 AM | Report abuse

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