The Washington Capitals enter the 2013-14 NHL season with as much pressure to excel as virtually any team in hockey, as the team will try to advance beyond the Eastern Conference semifinals for the first time since 1998.
Fortunately, the Capitals do appear to have the personnel to meet those expectations.
Head coach Adam Oates has reigning league MVP Alex Ovechkin as well as a dangerous collection of secondary scorers at his disposal.
Beyond the offense, Washington has a handful on standouts on the back end, including young stopper Braden Holtby and elite rearguards John Carlson and Mike Green, so it's not as if this roster is without high-end talent.
Here's an early look at what kind of numbers the Capitals' stars will put up this season.