Since today is one of the Caps’ scheduled days off – one of the perks of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement – it seems like the perfect chance make some of our own evaluations one week into training camp.

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Is Tom Wilson making this team?

If Adam Oates has any say yes. Oates pulled his own power play Tuesday night when he said the Caps “need” Wilson in their lineup especially after seeing him throw his 6-foot-4 210-pound body around against the Boston Bruins in a 3-2 preseason loss.

Wilson brings the snarl the Caps lost when Matt Hendricks signed with Nashville over the summer and it looks as though Oates is content to start him out on a fourth line with the potential of sliding him up if right wings Alex Ovechkin Troy Brouwer or Joel Ward get injured.

[When I suggested to Oates he could make room for Wilson by moving Ovechkin back to left wing he quipped “I’m not even going there. Not happening.”]

If Wilson stays who goes?

That’s the $628462 question. With $665705 in cap space the Caps would need to clear an additional $628462 to fit Wilson’s $1.3 million rookie salary.

The only viable options at forward would be to trade or place on waivers Jason Chimera [1 year $1.75 million] Mathieu Perreault [1 year $1.05 million] or Jay Beagle [2 years $900000 per].

Left wing Aaron Volpatti [2 years $575000 per] and defenseman Tomas Kundratek [two years $550000] are other options but their salaries aren’t enough to keep the Caps under the $64.3 million threshold.

What does the Eric Fehr-at-center experiment mean for center Mathieu Perreault?

Well it can’t be a good thing. When asked that question Oates said Perreault played “very well” for the Caps down the stretch last season.

“It’s not a shot at him at all” Oates said.” But we have a logjam of players at certain positions -- [right wing] -- and we have tough decisions and that’s where you expect everybody to be a pro about it.”