At the beginning of each NHL season, every player has expectations that lay before them, and depending on whether or not they meet those benchmarks, they'll be considered either overachievers or underachievers.
This year, the Washington Capitals will be gunning to advance beyond Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1998, and in order to do so, they'll need at least a handful of players to exceed expectations.
Last year, we saw Mike Ribeiro, Troy Brouwer, Steve Oleksy and Braden Holtby overachieve, while Jason Chimera, Jeff Schultz and Brooks Laich (albeit due to injury) underachieved. Others, such as Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green performed up to the level that's expected of them, because they're paid and generally regarded as stars in this league.
Heading into the 2013-14 campaign, here's a look at the Caps who will exceed expectations, and who will not.