Orlov was tendered a qualifying offer Monday by the Capitals, Isabella Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports. Orlov flamed out at the end of the season as he recorded a lone assist in 11 playoff contests after notching 29 points during the regular season. Although he is not a special teams contributor, the blueliner displayed his importance by playing in all 82 games, a feat which is sometime undervalued by fantasy owners. In addition to his offensive production, the 24-year-old bruiser registered 121 hits and 61 blocked shots.
Orlov picked up an assist in Monday's 6-1 rout over the Flyers. More noticeable was the devastating cross-check he took into the boards courtesy of Flyers winger Pierre-Edourad Bellemare late in the game. Fortunately, the 24-year-old blueliner seems to have escaped relatively unharmed, especially with fellow defenseman Brooks Orpik (upper body) sidelined indefinitely. Expect to see Orlov's workload increase with Orpik out of the lineup.
Orlov recorded a minus-2 rating in Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Ducks. Orlov dished out an assist in Saturday's win over the Blues, but that accounted for his lone point over the final 11 games. The defenseman still had a productive year in his first full season, finishing with 29 points and a plus-8 rating, but he'll likely continue to be in the team's bottom pairing heading into the playoffs.
Orlov dished out an assist in Sunday's loss to the Penguins. It wasn't all positive for Orlov though, as he finished the tilt with a minus-3 rating. The defenseman is now up to 20 helpers on the season and has tallied three points in the last five games, so he could have some value on the blue line in deeper formats.
Orlov scored a goal and was a minus-1 in Wednesday's 4-3 OT loss against the Kings. The goal was Orlov's first point in a busy March schedule for the Capitals that has already seen them play six games. It's been a breakout year for the Russian blueliner in terms of production, and he has proven to be of value in deeper leagues so far in 2015-16.
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