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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Season Preview: – Edinburgh Capitals

Perhaps the biggest loss to the Caps is that of head coach Doug Christiansen who moved to the Belfast Giants. He is replaced by Brad Gratton.

Cody Rudcowsky was regarded by many as one of the best goalies in the league last season, he is replaced by Scott Reid.  Reid has spent much of his professional career in the CHL, but a handful of outings in the AHL with some respectable stats and a winning record in the ECHL last season suggest he should be able to do a decent job in Edinburgh. Craig Holland returns as backup.

GB defenceman Kyle Horne returns to the Caps and is likely to again play a key role on the Caps blue line.  Horne is joined by Dane Daniel Madsen and Evan Schafer.  Madsen has spent his career in his home country and should help solidify the blue line while Schafer joins straight from University having played only a handful of professional games in the ECHL a few years ago. Jaques Perreault will add size to the Caps blue line. Perreault will be entering his second season as a pro having played for Quad City in the IHL last season where he scored 20 points in 72 games. Willie Nicholson makes the step up from the Fife Flyers in the SNL.

Jeff Hutchins and the ever present Martin Cingel both return for another season. Hutchins will help provide some offence and grit while Cingel is a solid forward. Brits Iain Bowie and Bari McKenzie make the step up from the EPL and SNL respectively. Newcomers Nick Fanto and Adam Taylor add depth to the side, though neither are likely to trouble the leagues scoring leaders.

As things stand Edinburgh still have a lot of signings to make, all of which will be key to how the team are likely to do this season. Given some of the signings from some of the top teams this season, the low budget Caps are likely to struggle to keep pace, and are more likely to find themselves competing with fellow Scottish teams Dundee and Braehead towards the bottom end of the table.

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