Despite the Capitals’ lackluster record over the last couple of weeks, Adam Oates’ squad is set to send a number of high-end players to Sochi, Russia for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games.
Some, such as Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, will be expected to carry the mail for their respective national outfits, while others, such as John Carlson are more than likely to have much more tempered expectations lying before them heading into the tournament.
There have been some snubs, as Marcus Johansson, prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov and Michal Neuvirth all failed to earn spots on their respective national teams, but nonetheless, the Caps will be well represented in Russia.
In what is sure to be among the most star-studded hockey tournaments in recent memory (as well as conceivably the last Olympic competition featuring the sport’s best for a while), the stakes will be at an all-time high for the Capitals headed across the Atlantic Ocean in February.
With that in mind, here’s a look at what sort of role each selected Washington Capital will be counted on to fill later this winter in Sochi.