Setting Expectations for Washington Capitals' Top Stars for 2013-14 Season

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Setting Expectations for Washington Capitals' Top Stars for 2013-14 Season
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The 2013-14 season promises to be a very important one for the Washington Capitals. If the Caps are going to be successful, then they will need their best players to perform at their absolute best.

For many of the Caps' top players, the 2013 season was a return to form. Alexander Ovechkin, who had struggled some the past few seasons, rediscovered his scoring touch and became the first player to capture the Rocket Richard Trophy three times.

Mike Green also recovered his scoring touch as he led all NHL defensemen with 12 goals.

Troy Brouwer had 19 goals, the second-highest total of his career—and he did it in just 47 games.

For other players, 2013 was a difficult season. Brooks Laich was plagued by injury almost all season and played in just nine games.

Jason Chimera had 20 goals during the 2011-12 season but had just three for the 2013 campaign.

Martin Erat came to the Caps via a trade at the trade deadline but only scored one goal and was also prone to injury.

So how will some of the Caps' top stars fare for the very important 2013-14 season?

Let's set some really early expectations for some of the Caps' most important players for next season.

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