RETIRING FORSHALL BACKS MCLAUGHLIN FOR BRIGHT FUTURE

23 March 2018

Capitals netminder Kevin Forshall believes teenage goalie Jordan McLaughlin has a big future in the game after impressing between the pipes.

McLaughlin has made 22 appearances this season, filling in for the injured Tyler Beskorowany and despite some poor results, has picked up a good reputation for his displays.

But as Forshall prepares to bow out this weekend after 18 years at the club, he’s predicting big things from the Edinburgh-born nettie.

“Jordan’s great. He has a lot of potential and he’s shown it so far so he has to keep his head down and keep working away,” Forshall said.

“His skills are there and he’s got a great knowledge of the game for someone as young as he is. For me, he’s better than a lot of backups in the league.

“Jordan bypassed the SNL and came straight in from the Under 20’s and in the next couple of seasons, we’ll see more of what he’s all about.

“But I can only see great things for him going forward.  He’s done brilliantly for the Capitals whenever called upon and I expect to get better from here on in.”

Forshall is expected to ice over the course of their final two games when they go away to Sheffield Steelers on Saturday before finishing the season with a visit from Nottingham Panthers on Sunday.

And the 33-year-old admits he’s sad about the fact that after this weekend, it’s all over for him as he embarks on a new phase of his life.

He added: “Looking ahead to the two games coming, the emotion I’m feeling is sadness because it’s the final weekend.

“Of course, for my last season, I would have loved to be involved in the play-offs and going to Nottingham for the finals, but things just didn’t go to plan. 

“There was a belief the plans we had at the start of the season would work and I feel sorry for Scott (Neil) and the management that it didn’t.

“But it’ll be nice to get some ice time as well as go and out and say goodbye to the fans, who have been amazing to me in my years at Edinburgh Capitals.”

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