Joel Ward RW WAS 14 Days

Ward gathered two assists in Saturday's win over the Devils.

Ward makes his bacon for his ability to finish off scoring rushes, but he instead set up Evgeny Kuznetsov's power-play and Brooks Laich's empty-net goal this time around. Though he's seeing nearly a minute-and-a-half increase in ice time from a season earlier, Ward's scoring hasn't noticed a dramatic spike. He still has a respectable 15 points in 26 contests.

Joel Ward RW WAS 2 Months

Ward scored a power play goal in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Flames.

After posting a career-high 24 goals last season, Ward is on pace to reach somewhere in the 30-40 range. He may not get there, but he seems to be building on last year's 49 point campaign, and could be a worthwhile pick up.

Joel Ward RW WAS 2 Months

Ward netted two goals in 16:20 of ice time in Saturday's win over Calgary.

A dominant performance from Ward, who opened the scoring with a power-play tally in the first period, before scoring the eventual game-winning goal at even strength in the second period. Although his fourth-line role isn't ideal for fantasy owners, Ward has still managed four goals in seven games this season, making him worth a look in deep leagues. His great shot comes in use on the power play, where he lines up on the Capitals' second unit. Expect another 20-goal season from the 33-year-old.

Joel Ward RW WAS 2 Months

Ward scored his second goal of the season in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Devils.

Ward's unassisted marker with 17:35 remaining in the third period resulted in Devils removing goalie Cory Schneider from the game. The winger is off to a respectable start to the 2014-15 campaign, but don't expect him to repeat last season's 24-goal, 49-point performance, which was aided heavily by an unsustainable 18 percent shooting rate.

Joel Ward RW WAS 3 Months

Ward had an assist and two PIM's in 17:25 of ice time during the Capitals' 1-0 win over Buffalo on Sunday.

Ward played with Jason Chimera and rookie Andre Burakovsky at even-strength. Like Chimera, Ward had a banner year last season. Although the two have great chemistry, it wouldn't be surprising to see his production regress some this season. Keep an eye on him, but he's probably only worth drafting in deeper leagues.

Joel Ward RW WAS 5 Months

Joel Ward figures the Washington Capitals will need to spend more time studying away from the ice next season since Barry Trotz has taken over as their coach.

"On ice, I expect us to be a lot more detailed, I think," Ward told CSN Washington on Saturday. "You'll get a sense of that right away; there might be some homework at times." Ward expects those assignments will pay off. The forward played his first full NHL season under Trotz with the Nashville Predators in 2008-09. The 35 points (17 goals) Ward scored that season were his career high until he put up 49 (24 goals) for the Capitals last season. Trotz was hired May 26 to replace Adam Oates after Washington failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Joel Ward RW WAS 7 Months

Joel Ward recorded two goals and added an assist in Canada's 3-2 win against Norway on Tuesday.

He leads Canada with nine points in seven games heading into the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Hockey Championship. Ward is also tied with Cody Hodgson for first on the team in goals with six.

Joel Ward RW WAS 8 Months

Joel Ward scored a pair of goals in Canada's 4-1 win over Slovakia in World Championship action on Saturday.

Vancouver blueliner Jason Garrison picked up two assists in the contest, while Cody Hodgson and Kevin Bieksa had the other markers. Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens stopped 23 shots for the victory.

Joel Ward RW WAS 8 Months

Joel Ward is excited to represent Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championship.

"It's my Olympics," he said last month after the regular season ended. "It's my only chance to wear a Canada jersey. It's pretty cool to represent your country." Ward produced 24 goals and 49 points in 82 games this past season.

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Joel Ward had a goal in Washington's 2-1 shootout loss to Los Angels Thursday evening.

Ward scored in his fourth straight game and he now has 22 goals with 20 assists in 71 games this season. He is red-hot now for the Capitals. This is his best season in the NHL so far in his career. Rookie Evgeni Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom assisted Ward's goal.