The Weakest Link at Every Position for the Washington Capitals

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The Weakest Link at Every Position for the Washington Capitals
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With the 2013 NHL draft and the first week of free agency behind us, it is possible to look at the roster of the Washington Capitals and begin to analyze strengths and weaknesses for the upcoming season.

There may very well be moves that are yet to be made. If you read my article from over the weekend, then you already know that there is still speculation that the Caps might make a move for Mikhail Grabovski.

Whether that happens or not remains one of the bigger questions surrounding the Capitals right now.

Beyond that, though, most Caps fans are justifiably concerned about the current makeup of the team and whether they will be able to compete for a seventh consecutive playoff berth.

Have they lost too much in free agency? Have they not done enough in free agency to replace those who have departed?

Are they still too reliant on Alexander Ovechkin to continue to carry them? Has general manager George McPhee foolishly placed too much trust in an unproven lot of young prospects?

As is usual for this time of year, there are many questions but not so many answers.

Like every team in the NHL, the Capitals have their share of strengths and weaknesses. Up and down the lineup and from one line to the next, the Caps have players who add to the team's strength—and then there are players who weaken the team somewhat.

In this article, we will take a look at the weakest link at every position on the Capitals—at least at this point in time.

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