Karl Alzner D WAS 8 Days

Alzner scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's overtime win against Columbus.

After netting just three points in the first 25 games of the year, Alzner's picked up four over the last six, including his first two goals on the campaign. Still, he's not much of a fantasy asset, as he's never cleared 18 points in a season and doesn't make any special contributions in the secondary stats.

Karl Alzner D WAS 19 Days

Alzner netted his first goal of the season in Washington's 4-1 win over New Jersey on Saturday.

Alzner is more known for his abilities as a stay-at-home defenseman, Alzner has never scored more than two goals in an NHL season despite showing more of a scoring touch in his WHL days. With a goal and four points to his name this season, Alzner's value to the Capitals as a defensive specialist vastly outpaces his value in fantasy circles.

Karl Alzner D WAS 2 Months

Alzner finished with an assist, one shot, and a plus-1 rating over 17:41 of ice time in Washington's 3-1 win over Calgary on Saturday.

Alzner has been a steady player alongside Matt Niskanen and his two assists in seven games puts him on pace for a career year...of 23 points, if the trend holds. Alzner is a reliable, top-4 defenseman for the Capitals and is off to a solid start this season, but his lack of offensive consistency makes him fairly insignificant from a fantasy perspective outside of the deepest of leagues.

Karl Alzner D WAS 5 Months

Karl Alzner is excited for the 2014-15 campaign after the Capitals signed defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik this summer.

"I'm fired up about it," Alzner said when asked about the upgrade on the blue line. "I think we have, on paper right now, one of the deepest blue lines, so I'm happy about that. You know that you have to pay players to get them sometimes and we're happy, I'm happy, for all the guys whenever they can get a good paycheck and that's great. So if we're going to have to pay guys numbers that other people don't necessarily agree with and we want that player and need that player, then it doesn't matter to us - you've just got to get them." Well, obviously it's not that simple in a cap-based league, but regardless, the Capitals defense certainly has been upgraded this summer. As for Alzner in particular, he got next to no power-play ice time last season and that certainly won't change now that Niskanen has joined the team.

Karl Alzner D WAS 5 Months

Karl Alzner is excited for the 2014-15 campaign after the Capitals signed defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik this summer.

"I'm fired up about it," Alzner said when asked about the upgrade on the blue line. "I think we have, on paper right now, one of the deepest blue lines, so I'm happy about that. You know that you have to pay players to get them sometimes and we're happy, I'm happy, for all the guys whenever they can get a good paycheck and that's great. So if we're going to have to pay guys numbers that other people don't necessarily agree with and we want that player and need that player, then it doesn't matter to us - you've just got to get them." Well, obviously it's not that simple in a cap-based league, but regardless, the Capitals defense certainly has been upgraded this summer. As for Alzner in particular, he got next to no power-play ice time last season and that certainly won't change now that Niskanen has joined the team.

Karl Alzner D WAS 9 Months

Karl Alzner picked up two assists in Sunday's win over Toronto.

The defensive-minded rearguard has 16 points along with 121 blocked shots in 69 games this season.

Karl Alzner D WAS Sep 18 '79

Karl Alzner scored his first goal of the season Saturday.

It was the game winner and it was the first goal Alzner has scored at home in his career. He now has six career goals in the NHL and has a goal and five helpers with a plus-four rating and 10 penalty minutes. While he has no fantasy value in traditional pools, his defensive play is getting him some consideration to play for Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics.

Karl Alzner D WAS Aug 11 '79

Coach Adam Oates is reuniting Karl Alzner and John Carlson on the blueline.

Oates is concerned about the defensive play of the Capitals and Carlson is minus-five thus far with his ex-partner Mike Green a minus-seven. Oates is hoping that a return of Carlson and Alzner will help. Alzner is solid defensively and that should help Carlson.

Karl Alzner D WAS Jun 02 '79

Karl Alzner plans to put his best foot forward at Team Canada's orientation camp to try to earn a roster spot for the Winter Olympics.

"From what I've heard at least, they're looking for a left-handed shut down defenseman that can skate. That is usually the way I like to view myself," Alzner said. "When you're going up against the best players in the NHL you're always kind of looking [at other defensemen] and thinking 'Oh that guy can skate better than me, that guy's got a better stick than me.' You're always kind of picking things apart, but realistically I think that I have an opportunity. It's going to come down to how I'm playing at the time and also injuries, which we all know can happen so randomly." Alzner is one of three defensemen invited to camp to never represent Canada in international competition at the senior level, which will make him a long shot to earn a roster spot.

Karl Alzner D WAS May 06 '79

Karl Alzner's invitation to Team Canada's Olympic orientation camp came as a surprise to him.

Alzner was so startled to get a phone call from St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong that he assumed the Blues had traded for him. "I was thinking, 'Can we be making trades right now? How can we just re-sign [a four-year contract extension with the Caps] and then get traded?" Alzner explained. "There was a whirlwind of thoughts going through my head, all in a matter of seconds. It was pretty funny." Needless to say, Alzner is thrilled to be on the list of people invited to attend the camp.