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Washington Capitals: 2015-16 Season Projection

2014-2015 Overall Record: 45-26-11 (101 Points) 4th in the Eastern Conference

***Lost in Eastern Conference Semifinal against the New York Rangers in Game 7***

CAPITALS TEAM LEADERS

Washington Capitals: 2014-2015 Team Leaders

Notable Offseason Losses:

F Troy Brouwer (New Team: St. Louis Blues)

F Joel Ward (New Team: San Jose Sharks)

Notable Offseason Acquisitions:

F T.J. Oshie (Former Team: St. Louis Blues)

F Justin Williams (Former Team: Los Angeles Kings)

D Taylor Chorney (Former Team: Pittsburgh Penguins)

F Carter Camper (Former Team: Boston Bruins)

F Sean Collins (Former Team: Columbus Blue Jackets)

D Mike Moore (Former Team: San Jose Sharks)

D Aaron Ness (Former Team: New York Islanders)

Main Team Stats Breakdown:

GFA (Goals For Average): 2.84 (NHL Ranking: 7th)

GAA (Goals Against Average): 2.39 (NHL Ranking: 7th)

SV% (Save Percentage): .916 (NHL Ranking: 8th)

The Washington Capitals made two of the biggest moves in the offseason without having to give up much. In a trade that many conclude Washington got the upper hand in, the Caps sent Troy Brouwer to St. Louis in return for T.J. Oshie. While St. Louis was looking for a little more grit, Washington was looking to add some offensive talent to line up on one of the top two lines. The Capitals were also able to pick up key forward Justin Williams, from the Los Angeles Kings. Williams is known best for his clutch playing ability in the Playoffs.

Alex Ovechkin proved last season that he could truly play a two way game. Much had been talked about inhis career that he was at times, an unwilling participant in defensive duties. Last year was much different, as he truly helped show that he has more to show than unmatched offensive prowess. He’ll look to further improve under the coaching leadership of last years acquired head coach, Barry Trotz.

Netminder, Braden Holtby, was able to prove last year that he had the consistent play many had been waiting for. Holtby sported a .923 save percentage and a 2.22 goals against average in 73 total games last season. Washington has finally found one of the key pieces they’ve been searching for. Goaltending is one of the hardest positions to find stability in throughout all of the NHL.

With everything coming together for the Capitals, it would be hard pressed to having anything negative to say. This is an organization that should only further build off of what was an impressive season last year. It would not surprise me at all to see them make a very deep Playoff run.

2015-2016 Season Projection: 1st in the Metropolitan Division

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