As the offseason begins, we’ll take a player-by-player look at the year that was for the Washington Capitals.

Jay Beagle

Ht: 6-3 / Wt: 204
NHL seasons
: Part of 1
2010-11 Regular season stats
: 31 GP, 2g, 1a, minus-2, 8 pims.
Playoff stats
: 0 GP.

Contract status: $512,500 in 2010-11, $512,500 in 2011-12.

The year that was: Jay Beagle appeared in more than four times as many games in the NHL season than he had in any previous year in 2010-11. While he did not appear in a playoff game, he brought a consistent work ethic and high level of energy when he was in the lineup over the course of the regular season.

Beagle didn’t always line up at center, but in limited draws (105) he won 55.2 percent, and in the small sample size of 31 games he was on the ice for 1.90 goals per 60 minutes.

A continued source of pride for Beagle was when he was entrusted with time on the penalty kill in Washington. While he didn’t see much ice time this year — an average of 9:14 per game — on average he saw more than a minute of shorthanded time.

Looking ahead: Beagle’s ability to learn on the fly with the Capitals will likely give the Washington brass more options entering next season. If he can win a spot out of training camp on the fourth line, Beagle could be a cost-effective option in a spark-providing role.