Different position. Different first name. Same success?

(John Mcdonnell/the Washington Post)

For me, the name Johansson embracing the back of a Washington Capitals sweater rings of reliability, class, leadership and fond memories of growing up a hockey fan in the D.C. area.

Calle was the defenseman, and fan favorite, from the past. Now Marcus, the Caps first round choice in 2009, seems to be getting every opportunity to earn the 2nd line center spot, and fill one of the few holes in the team’s line-up.

I haven’t been out to Kettler to see him on the ice yet, but it is getting exciting to hear the buzz and hope he can be the newest phenom to join the Capitals high-powered offense.

Hopefully many of the same traits that #6 exemplified for years on the blue-line can be re-incarnated in this steady center of the same surname and country.

Good luck Marcus and  hope to be cheering for you and celebrating your contributions in Washington for years to come.

For more in-depth reading on Marcus Johansson, check out the links below:

Washington Post article on Marcus Johansson

NHL.com 2009 Draft Profile