Happy National Bobblehead Day! Which Caps Are Coming Next?

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Posted January 7, 2018

In honor of National Bobblehead Day, we thought it would be fun to look ahead to the bobblehead possibilities of 2018. The Caps have experienced a lot of turnover and brought on a plethora of fresh faces which hasn’t happened in quite some time, so the bobblehead possibilities have increased quite a bit. My favorite thing to do is go through and figure out who and who doesn’t have a bobblehead based on the current roster.

The players in green have received a Capitals bobblehead at some point in their time with the Caps. Also, each of the players in green have had a bobblehead given away at an Inova Blood Drive except for Alex Ovechkin, who has already had plenty of others. This leaves us with a handful of rookies, a few first year veterans and a few players that have been with the team for longer than a year.

The rookies, in our opinion, would be leading candidates for bobbleheads this year given that they’ve been quick to make and impact with the team. The two that stick out the most would be Christian Djoos and Jakub Vrana. Vrana has already proven his scoring abilities, being fourth on the team with 10 goals, while Djoos has shown that size doesn’t matter as he has slowly turned himself into John Carlson’s main defensive partner. They haven’t made a big enough impact to become SGA (Stadium Giveaway) bobbleheads, but they are excellent candidates for upcoming blood drives.

The two returning Caps that have yet to get a bobblehead are Brett Connolly and Taylor Chorney. Connolly had a breakout season last year with a career high 15 goals in 66 games and is on his way to surpass that this season already 8 goals in 32 games. Chorney hasn’t been too impactful, but he’s always been there to fill in on D whenever somebody is injured or in need of a night off. Both of these players deserve bobbleheads but depending on how Inova is feeling, they might be pushed out by the other two rookies, Madison Bowey and Chandler Stephenson.

When players like Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, TJ Oshie and Justin Williams were signed by the Caps they were immediately given bobbleheads for blood drives, but they were much bigger signings than the two made by the Caps this past offseason in Devante Smith-Pelly and Alex Chiasson. Smith-Pelly and Chiasson have both been impactful this season with 6 and 7 goals respectively, but they haven’t gained major popularity among fans that other players have.

Assuming we have two more Inova bobbleheads before the offseason, and one in the summer, there will be three slots open before we introduce new players. The top three from those I’ve discussed would be Vrana, Djoos and Connolly. All of these players will most likely be with the team through next season. If there was a fourth, my opinion would be Taylor Chorney. I think that having a Chorney bobblehead would considerably increase the value of any bobblehead collection but again, that’s just my ‘expert’ opinion.

Looking forward to the upcoming year, we’ve already got a confirmed TJ Oshie bobblehead being handed out by the Caps before their game on March 20th against the Dallas Stars, a Garrett Mitchell bobblehead being handed out by the Hershey Bears before their game on January 24th against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and a Marcus Perrier bobblehead handed out by the South Carolina Stingrays just last night before their game against the Florida Everblades. Also, fans have yet to get their Philipp Grubauer bobbleheads from the last blood drive. Hopefully we keep the bobblehead announcements coming and have another great year of collecting in 2018. Have a great National Bobblehead Day!

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