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Alex Ovechkin was the top pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Ovechkin and the Capitals led the New York Rangers 3 games to 1 before the Rangers won game 5 in overtime before winning two more games in a row.



Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 3/6/2016.




Washington Capitals Line 1 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Alex Ovechkin
Left Wing
81
6-foot-3-inches
230-pounds
53
28
81
Nicklas Backstrom
Center
82
6-foot-1-inches
208-pounds
18
60
78
T.J. Oshie
Right Wing
72
5-foot-11-inches
189-pounds
19
36
55

Washington Capitals Line 2 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Marcus Johansson
Left Wing
82
6-foot-0-inches
201-pounds
20
27
47
Evgeny Kuznetsov
Center
80
6-foot-0-inches
172-pounds
11
26
37
Justin Williams
Right Wing
81
6-foot-1-inches
189-pounds
18
23
41

Washington Capitals Line 3 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Jason Chimera
Left Wing
82
6-foot-3-inches
213-pounds
15
27
42
Andre Burakovsky
Center
53
6-foot-3-inches
198-pounds
9
13
22
Jay Beagle
Right Wing
62
6-foot-3-inches
215-pounds
10
10
20

Washington Capitals Line 4 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Brooks Laich
Left Wing
66
6-foot-2-inches
209-pounds
7
13
20
Michael Latta
Center
53
6-foot-0-inches
213-pounds
0
6
6
Tom Wilson
Right Wing
67
6-foot-4-inches
194-pounds
4
13
17


Washington Capitals Forwards Review: Washington continues to have excellent depth at wing. All 8 of their wingers had at least 17 points or more in 2014-2015. The one problem the Capitals have is due to a lack of depth at center behind Backstrom.


Nicklas Backstrom played all 82 games for the second season in a row now. Backstrom has been in the league for 8 years and has played every regular season game in 6 of his 8 season. Backstrom may not be a blue chip fantasy hockey stud like Crosby, Stamkos, Toews, Getzlaf, Tavares, or Claude Giroux. Backstrom makes up for that with his durability which is why he's always in the top 10 centers conversation in the NHL. Now Backstrom has Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie next to him. Backstrom should only continue to get better and I cannt fault someone for spending a first round pick on Backstrom with Ovechkin expected to be the top pick in most Fantasy Leagues this season.


Evgeny Kuznetsov posted 37 points as a line 2 center. He needs at least 40 points with consistent wingers like Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams next to him. Anything less is unacceptable.


Andre Burakovsky was the Capitals 2013 first round pick. Burakovsky did well with 22 points as a line 3 center. His natural position is at left wing though. Burakovsky can anchor the back 6 for now, but I feel like he'd be better off on the wing. Michael Latta is the line 4 center and he only posted a measly 6 assists.


Washington ranked 7th in the NHL in goals scored and 1st on the power play. That was without T.J. Oshie or Justin Williams. There is no question that this is a top 5 offense. The lack of depth at center behind Backstrom is what will keep the Capitals from getting to the cup since each of the last four Stanley Cup Winners was 4 deep at center.




Washington Capitals Defensive Lines


Player
Line
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
John Carlson
Line 1
82
6-foot-3-inches
212-pounds
12
43
55
Matt Niskanen
Line 1
82
6-foot-0-inches
209-pounds
4
27
31
Karl Alzner
Line 2
82
6-foot-2-inches
217-pounds
5
16
21
Brooks Orpik
Line 2
78
6-foot-2-inches
219-pounds
0
19
19
Nate Schmidt
Line 3
39
6-foot-0-inches
194-pounds
1
3
4
Dimitry Orlov
Line 3
0
6-foot-0-inches
210-pounds
0
0
0


Washington Capitals Defensemen Review Washington is still 4 deep at defense even without Mike Green. The Capitals will move Matt Niskanen up to the top line. Karl Alzner anchored the third line last season, but he posted 21 points and played all 82 games. Brooks Orpik can still play on the top 4, but he's gone from a #2 defenseman on the top line in Pittsburgh, to a guy that played next to Matt Niskanen on the second line, to a guy that will compliment Alzner.


Washington ranked 7th in goals allowed and 14th in penalty killing. Washington keeps getting better each season. Lacking depth at center, having only two lines of defense, and a middle of the pack penalty killing unit is what keeps the Capitals

Draft Utopia Between The Pipes Goalie Tracker


Starting Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Braden Holtby
Washington Capitals
72
41-20-10
9 Shutouts
.923
2.22 GAA

Backup Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Phillip Grubauer
Washington Capitals
1
1-0-0
0 Shutouts
.920
1.85 GAA

Washington Capitals Goaltender Review Braden Holtby continued to flash with a quality defense.


Holtby is a franchise goaltender. Having Phillip Grubauer as a backup for the next two years allows Ilya Samsonov to take his time while you have a stable goalie situation for years to come with Holtby as your starting goalie.




Washington Capitals Prospect Pool: Madison Bowey, the Capitals 2013 second round pick is the top prospect on defense with the Hershey Bears. Another Hershey Bear is 2014 first round pick Jakub Vrana who can play left wing or right wing.


Washington drafted four more players to their prospect pool in 2015 including goalie Ilya Samsonov, defenseman Jonas Siegenhaler, defenseman Connor Hobbs, and defenseman Colby Williams. The Capitals have enough defensive players and it is time for Washington to add a center for depth.




Washington Capitals 2015-2016 Prediction


Washington will get back to the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. I don't know how far they go, but the Capitals will be back. One thing I will say is that I do not expect the Capitals to be in the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals.



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