|Assets:||Has good size and great work ethic. Makes room for himself thanks to his bulk and strength; he's effective along the wall. Is tenacious on the forecheck and an excellent team player. Can score goals in bunches.|
|Flaws:||Is a bit too inconsistent in the scoring department and doesn't shoot the puck nearly enough to produce better numbers. Can also improve his game-to-game consistency in most facets of the game.|
|Career Potential:||Industrious, versatile winger.|
|5/02/2013||Missed the last 9 regular season games (knee injury).|
|4/09/2013||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|4/07/2012||Missed 7 games (lower body injury).|
|3/23/2012||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|7/01/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Washington Capitals to a four-year contract.|
|3/19/2011||Missed 2 games (lower body injury).|
|3/15/2011||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/30/2010||Missed 4 games (upper body injury).|
|3/23/2010||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|1/30/2010||Missed 3 games (groin).|
|1/11/2010||Missed 2 games (lower body injury).|
|1/07/2010||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|10/10/2009||Missed 2 games (groin).|
|9/30/2009||Groin, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/01/2009||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Nashville Predators to a two-year contract.|
|11/14/2008||Missed 2 games (head injury).|
|11/08/2008||Head injury, day-to-day.|
|7/14/2008||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Nashville Predators to a one-year contract.|
|9/19/2007||Assigned to Houston (AHL).|
|7/16/2007||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Minnesota Wild to a one-year contract.|
|2/08/2007||Assigned to Houston (AHL).|
|2/06/2007||Recalled from Houston (AHL).|
|1/21/2007||Assigned to Houston (AHL).|
|1/18/2007||Recalled from Houston (AHL).|
|1/16/2007||Assigned to Houston (AHL).|
|1/10/2007||Recalled from Houston (AHL).|
|1/02/2007||Assigned to Houston (AHL).|
|12/13/2006||Recalled from Houston (AHL).|
|10/01/2006||Assigned to Houston (AHL).|
|9/27/2006||Signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Wild to a one-year contract.|
|9/07/2006||Invited to training camp by the Minnesota Wild.|
|12/04/2005||Signed by the Houston aeros (AHL).|
|9/25/2005||Released by the Florida Panthers.|
|9/15/2003||Released by the Minnesota Wild.|
|7/01/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Washington Capitals.|
|7/14/2008||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Nashville Predators.|
|9/27/2006||Signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Wild to a one-year contract.|
Joel Ward's return welcomed by Adam Oates | 05/12/2013 12:24 PM
NewsThe Washington Capitals take a 3-2 lead into New York today in their best-of-seven, opening-round playoff series against the Rangers, and coach Adam Oates thinks it's somewhat attributable to the hard play of right winger Joel Ward.
Impact"It's been great to have him back. We missed him when he was hurt," Oates said of Ward's impact since he returned from a left knee contusion at the start of the playoffs. "That line with (Mathieu) Perreault and (Jason) Chimera," Oates continued, "they've really, the last 10 games of the year and so far in the series, they've really upgraded their game and really helped us." The third line of Chimera, Perreault and either Ward or, earlier, Eric Fehr has been the Capls' most effective unit through the first five games of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. They've done everything from creating sustained offensive zone pressure and establishing a hard-hitting forecheck to pitching in on the scoresheet and making smart plays in their own end. The current trio has combined for three goals and eight assists in the playoffs and they've been on the ice for only one even-strength goal against.
Joel Ward (knee) is getting close | 05/01/2013 3:32 PM
NewsJoel Ward said Wednesday that his knee is almost 100 percent.
Impact"It's a little discomfort but it's not too bad, actually, it's actually come down a long way," he said. "I'm hoping to get in if I can. I feel confident to get out there and do work. From a couple days ago to now it's been a huge drastic change, it's been a lot easier. I'm almost pretty close to pain free, which is good. I'm just a little bit - I got a small little percentage I've got to hunker down to get out, but other than that I've had a big drastic change." Ward skated in a third consecutive practice Wednesday and he might be ready to play in Thursday's playoff opener.
Joel Ward should be in the lineup on Thursday | 04/30/2013 1:20 PM
NewsWashington Capitals coach Adam Oates expects Joel Ward (knee) to be in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1.
Ken Wiebe on Twitter
ImpactWard missed the Caps' final nine regular-season games with a knee contusion but should be in the lineup Thursday as long as there are no setbacks between now and then. Ward is an important part of the Caps' depth but offers no real fantasy value.
Joel Ward (knee) may be ready for Game 1 | 04/29/2013 1:09 PM
NewsJoel Ward (knee) is hoping to be ready to play in Game 1 against the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Impact"Obviously we'll see how these next couple days go," Ward said. "I think my mind feels pretty good, it's just I want to get in with the guys and kind of muck it up a little bit. I think the next couple days will be a pretty good test." He participated in some drills Monday on the fourth line. He was absent from the Capitals' last nine games of the regular season with a knee contusion which he sustained after blocking a shot.
Joel Ward will not play Saturday | 04/27/2013 1:52 PM
NewsJoel Ward will not play Saturday night against Boston.
ImpactHe is still recovering from a knee contusion. The Caps are hoping he will be ready for the playoff opener Tuesday night.
Joel Ward might be back for playoffs | 04/26/2013 4:01 PM
NewsJoel Ward (knee) skated with his teammates on Friday.
Impact"I think today might have been my best day so far," Ward said. "It felt good. I got a chance to get in a few stops and starts that gave me trouble in the past. It's moving along. I've got some more cranking out to do but other than that a positive day." He might be ready for the Capitals' playoff opener.
Joel Ward (knee) practices Thursday | 04/25/2013 11:27 AM
NewsJoel Ward (knee) participated in Thursday's morning skate, but he won't play against Ottawa.
ImpactHe is expected to miss his eighth straight game with a bruised left knee, but he finally appears to be making some progress which bodes well for his chances of returning for the playoffs.
Joel Ward (knee) returns to the ice Wednesday | 04/24/2013 12:28 PM
NewsJoel Ward skated for the first time at the team's practice facility Wednesday morning since suffering a knee injury on April 7.
ImpactHe has sat out Washington's last seven games after blocking a shot by Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo and suffering a knee contusion. It's not clear if Ward will play before the end of the regular season, but he may be on track to suit up when the playoffs begin.
Joel Ward miss Monday's practice | 04/22/2013 11:29 AM
NewsJoel Ward (knee) didn't practice on Monday.
ImpactWard might not be able to return before the end of the regular season. He has eight goals and 20 points in 39 games this season.
Joel Ward out Saturday | 04/20/2013 1:11 PM
NewsJoel Ward (knee) will not play Saturday against the Canadiens.
Katie Carrera Twitter
ImpactHe didn't even make the trip to Montreal. It is difficult to say whether Ward will play again before the end of the regular season.
Joel Ward skates, appears far from return | 04/12/2013 2:17 PM
NewsJoel Ward skated for the first time since suffering a knee contusion, the Washington Post reports.
ImpactIt didn't seem like Ward seemed to fluid or comfortable in his movements, however, according to Katie Carrrera's observations. It seems plausible that he'll miss at least a few more games, if not the remainder of the regular season.
Joel Ward not skating due to knee contusion | 04/11/2013 12:16 PM
NewsJoel Ward hasn't resumed skating since suffering a knee contusion on April 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning when he blocked a shot.
Impact"He's obviously still in some pain. We're going to try and have him skate as soon as possible," coach Adam Oates said. "The bruising's pretty severe, so as soon as it gets out of there, some swelling in the knee area because of the bruise. Contusion." He won't play Thursday night.
Joel Ward (knee) hasn't resumed skating | 04/10/2013 2:31 PM
NewsJoel Ward's knee injury appears to be more serious than coach Adam Oates originally thought.
Impact"Yeah he's hurting pretty good," Oates said. "We're not quite sure how long it's going to be he has not skated yet." Ward was injured on Sunday when he blocked a shot from Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo.
Joel Ward won't be in lineup Tuesday night | 04/09/2013 12:58 PM
NewsJoel Ward (knee) won't play Tuesday night.
Arpon Basu on Twitter
ImpactWard was injured during Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. Coach Adam Oates said the injury wasn't serious at the time but it's possible the knee may have swelled up between now and Sunday night. Sideline him for now.
Joel Ward (knee) uncertain for Tuesday | 04/09/2013 10:15 AM
NewsJoel Ward took a Sami Salo slap shot to his knee in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.
ImpactCoach Adam Oates said after the game that the ailment, which caused Ward to leave the game, wasn't serious. Ward had a goal and an assist in the match. His status for Tuesday's game is unclear at this time.
Joel Ward gets two points Sunday | 04/08/2013 11:00 AM
NewsJoel Ward had a goal and an assist on Sunday.
ImpactWard has eight goals and 20 points in 39 games this season. That makes this one of his best campaigns, although most of that production came in the early portion of the season. He has just seven points in his last 20 contests.
Joel Ward pots sixth goal in 4-1 loss | 02/27/2013 11:17 PM
NewsJoel Ward potted a goal in the Capitals' 4-1 loss to the Flyers on Wednesday night.
ImpactWard "salvaged" a pretty lackluster night from his teammates with a goal in the closing minutes. The winger has played very well this season, with six goals and 13 points. Tom Poti and Jay Beagle had the assists. Alex Ovechkin had a game-high six shots on goal, two penalty minutes and a minus-one rating.
Joel Ward earns two points in Sunday's win | 01/28/2013 2:07 PM
NewsJoel Ward had a goal and an assist to help Washington get their first win of the 2013 campaign on Sunday.
ImpactWard has five points in five games this season, which is impressive when you consider that he put up just 18 points in 73 games during his first year with the Capitals last season.
Joel Ward gets two goals Saturday | 01/19/2013 11:32 PM
NewsJoel Ward scored twice in Washington's 6-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
ImpactWojtek Wolski netted a goal and recorded an assist in the losing effort. Tom Poti, Jason Chimera, John Carlson, Mike Ribeiro, and Roman Hamrlik each registered an assist for Washington.
|2004-05||Prince Edward Island||CIS||28||16||28||44||-||42||-||-||-||-||-||1.57|
|2003-04||Prince Edward Island||CIS||27||14||24||38||-||42||-||-||-||-||-||1.41|
|2002-03||Prince Edward Island||CIS||19||11||15||26||-||24||-||-||-||-||-||1.37|
|2001-02||Prince Edward Island||CIS||22||13||14||27||-||16||-||-||-||-||-||1.23|
|2004-05||Prince Edward Island||CIS||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||0.0|
|2003-04||Prince Edward Island||CIS||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||0.0|
|2002-03||Prince Edward Island||CIS||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||0.0|
|2001-02||Prince Edward Island||CIS||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||0.0|
|Goals||2||at TB||Jan 19||1|
|Assists||2||2 times-last:vs. Buf||last:Mar 17||1|
|Points||2||6 times-last:vs. TB||last:Apr 7||2|
|Penalty Minutes||2||6 times-last:vs. Car||last:Mar 12||4|
|Plus/Minus||2||3 times-last:vs. TB||last:Apr 7||3|
|Power Play Goals||1||at TB||Jan 19||0|
|Power Play Points||1||3 times-last:at NYI||last:Mar 9||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||at Car||Apr 2||0|
|Shorthanded Points||1||at Car||Apr 2||0|
|Shots||6||vs. Car||Feb 26||4|
|Penalty Minutes||42||2010-11 (Nas)|
|Power Play Goals||5||2010-11 (Nas)|
|Shorthanded Goals||2||2008-09 (Nas)|
AdvertisementThis Week - Subscribe Now
Subscribe to TheHockeyNews magazine!
Subscribe today, and save off the cover price.Subscribe now
Sign up to our e-flash newsletter.
You will receive backstage access to special features, articles, promotions and special events and more!!Sign up now
Download TheHockeyNews app
Learn more about TheHockeyNews mobile app.Get it now!