Garnet Hathaway 2021 Report Card
Hathaway Garnet doesn’t shock anyone with his offensive skills and stats, but this year he was one of the Washington Capitals’ most important players. Playing on the Caps fan-favorite fourth row, Hathaway has always played a physical mark of hockey, often acted as a key agitator, and locked many opposing high rows.
Hathaway had six goals and 12 assists in 56 games last season. He only had more points two years ago with the Calgary Flames, but it took 76 games to get 19 points. Hathaway especially showed his worth in the Capitals’ first-round game against the Boston Bruins. He had two goals and one assist in the five-game series, the first points he has ever scored in 18 career playoff games. Hathaway also finished the season with a +7 over / under and was +2 in the playoffs.
No line has performed better in the playoffs than the Capitals’ fourth line players. Hathaway, Carl Hagelin and Nic Dowd all rose to the challenge and gave Washington a spark and energy the team often lacked during a disappointing series against Boston.
While their line was tasked with closing the Marchand, Bergeron and Pastrnak line, which they did quite well at the start of the series, the other lines were dominated by the Bruins’ lower lines. And, our offensive production of those lines, which had thrived for most of the year, suddenly vanished into the playoffs. Ironically, the Hagelin, Dowd and Hathaway line actually produced more against the Bruins’ front line.
In the game after all of Tom Wilson’s debacle, it was Hathaway and his teammates ready to fight from the whistle against the New York Rangers. Hathaway has always been the first to enter a scrum and support his teammates.
Goals and assists aren’t the reason Hathaway was important and valuable to this team. He’s a selfless player who isn’t afraid to risk his body, block shots and fight for his teammates. He knows the job he needs to do to add value to this team. It’s not always pretty and doesn’t come with a lot of fame, but we all know all Caps fans appreciate everything he does.
Grade B +: Hathaway did his job and did it very well, almost to the point where he could deserve an A. But as valuable as he is as the Caps’ fourth liner, he’s still only played 56 matches and could not do everything. In his limited time on the ice, he was able to be heard and have his team heard in every way possible.