The 5 Most Promising Signs for Washington Capitals' Future

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The 5 Most Promising Signs for Washington Capitals' Future
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

After the Washington Capitals took Alex Ovechkin No. 1 overall in 2004, George McPhee gradually built a young core that, for a time, appeared capable of bringing D.C. the city's first Stanley Cup.

Of course, that hasn't happened yet, but a team could (and has) done much worse than securing seven consecutive postseason berths, even if a trip to the Conference Finals still eludes Ovechkin and Co.

This season has been a roller-coaster ride for the Caps, as the move to the Metropolitan Division, as well as incredibly inconsistent play, has this team on the edge of the playoff picture in the East.

Nonetheless, this team still has a lot of promise, and no matter how disappointing the Capitals have been in 2013-14, there are certainly a number of reasons to feel optimistic about the future. 

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