NETWORK ATTRACTS MORETHAN 400,000 WASHINGTON-AREA VIEWERS DURING FIRST-QUARTER DEBUT OF ROBERT GRIFFIN IIIBethesda, Md.(Aug. 10, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlanticslive coverage of the Washington Redskins preseason game at Buffalo onThursday, Aug. 9, was the highest-rated program in network history (since April2001), earning an average household rating of 9.15 in the Washington, D.C.,television market from 7-10:15 p.m. The record household rating equates to anaverage Washington-area audience of approximately 216,000 households and 297,000viewers.ComcastSportsNets coverage, which featured the debut of Redskins quarterback RobertGriffin III, posted a peak household rating of 10.75 in the Washington market during the games firstquarter, which equates to approximately 254,000 households and 402,000 viewers.Combined with the Baltimoretelevision market, approximately 470,000 WashingtonBaltimore-area viewers watchedComcast SportsNet in the first quarter. The game also aired locally on NBCWashington Nonstop.ComcastSportsNets previous all-time record for average household rating in the Washington market was an 8.10, which was earned for theWashington Capitals Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 7 against Montreal on April 28,2010. The networks highest average household rating for a Redskins preseasongame was a 4.24, set during last preseasons opening game on August 12, 2011,against the Pittsburgh Steelers. All network ratings information is since April2001, when the network became Comcast SportsNet. Prior data is unavailable.ComcastSportsNet is the leader in providing comprehensive coverage of the Redskins andwe are proud that our high-quality production was enjoyed by so many fansthroughout the region, said Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic President RebeccaOSullivan-Schulte. We look forward to serving their loyal following withgreat coverage across all of our platforms this season.Theexclusive HD home of the Redskins preseason, Comcast SportsNet will continueits live coverage of the teams exhibition schedule on Aug. 18 when they facethe Bears in Chicagoat 8 p.m. The networks Redskins schedule also includes preseason home games againstIndianapolis on Aug. 25 (4 p.m.) and Tampa Bayon Aug. 29 (7:30 p.m.) The award-winning RedskinsKickoff and Redskins Postgame Live surroundall preseason and regular-season Redskins games.
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CHICAGO—After spending the past two seasons honing his game in American Hockey League, Capitals prospect Christian Djoos could get the opportunity of a lifetime come September.
Djoos, who was re-signed on Thursday, is one of a handful of blue line prospects the Caps hope will compete for playing time in the NHL next season.
“His hockey IQ is extremely high,” assistant general manager Ross Mahoney said. “He has really good skill. He moves the puck really well. It was pretty evident by the points he put up this year in the American league.”
Djoos, a 22-year-old selected in the seventh round of the 2012 draft, did indeed put up big numbers playing for the Bears. In 66 games, he posted 13 goals and 58 points—the third highest total among AHL defensemen. The players who finished ahead of him—T.J. Brennan and Matt Taormina are longtime minor league vets.
As impressive as Djoos' offensive production was, though, Mahoney and Co. are equally as intrigued by his ability to make smart decisions under pressure and quickly transition the puck from the backend.
“He’s really, really intelligent,” Mahoney said. “Sees the ice really well. Finds the open man. Can speed the game up, slow the game down.”
The one concern about Djoos—as it's always been—is his size and how it'll affect his ability to battle bigger NHL forwards in the corner and in front of the net. He’s listed at 6 feet, 164-pounds. For comparison’s sake, the lightest players on Washington's roster last season were backup goalie Philipp Grubauer (182 pounds) and wingers Justin Williams (188) and T.J. Oshie (189). The lightest defenseman was Taylor Chorney, who at 191-pounds was the only D under 200-pounds.
So, yeah, Djoos has some work to do in that department.
“The challenge for him still is to get physically strong,” Mahoney said. “He’s getting there, so we’ll see after another good summer of training and see where he’s at come the fall.”
Depending on what happens in the free agent and trade markets, there figures to be an opportunity—or perhaps even two—waiting for a prospect like Djoos when the team convenes for training camp in mid-September.
After puck-moving defenseman Nate Schmidt was plucked by Las Vegas in the expansion draft on Wednesday night, the Caps were left with only four defensemen under contract (Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, John Carlson and Chorney) for next season. There’s also Dmitry Orlov, a restricted free agent the Caps intend to sign, but that still leaves a couple of openings.
Asked which blue line prospects are closest to being ready for NHL duty, Mahoney, in an interview with CSN on Thursday, named Djoos and his Hershey teammates Madison Bowey and Tyler Lewington.
“But,” Mahoney said, “it’s up to them to make sure they have a good summer of training, on and off the ice, and then come in and show the coaches that they deserve to be there.”
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