In the regular season the Washington Capitals scored 121 points last year. In the post season they were upset in the first round by the Montreal Canadiens. That left Capitals General Manger George McPhee with a big decision. Did he believe in his roster, or did he need to blow it up and go in a new direction. He took the safer route and decided to stick with his plan, and for the most part the Capitals return in 2010 with the same roster.
Their Head Coach is Bruce Boudreau and ever since he came to power in Washington in 2007 the Capitals have been an offensive juggernaut. He wants his players to be aggressive in all situations, and that leads to offensive chances at both ends of the ice. Bruce calls all the shots on the power play and that was this team’s Achilles heel in the playoffs.
This team’s breakout candidate may just be Center Tomas Fleischmann. If he can win the job as teh second line center, putting him between Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin, he could be in line to score a ton of points. Of course the star of this team is Alex Ovechkin, and no Capital may be ready to return more than he. He missed six games to an injury, was ejected three times due to physical play, and served two suspensions for said rough play. That is a lot or turbulence for one year.
Key Additions- G Dany Sabourin, LW DJ King, and RW Brian Willsie
Key Subtractions- D Milan Jurcina, C Alexander Giroux, D Joe Corvo, C Kyle Wilson, and LW Stefan della Rovere