Heading into the team's first summer without George McPhee behind the wheel since 1997, the Washington Capitals have a number of holes to fill over the next three months if they have any hope of climbing back into the postseason in 2014-15.
Obviously, Brian MacLellan knew that this would be the case when he accepted the offer to replace McPhee, his former teammate and longtime boss, as the team's general manager. Given his familiarity with Washington's roster, one has to believe the former Stanley Cup champion will follow through on his intentions to make changes to this group.
No, this doesn't mean that trading an irreplaceable franchise cornerstone such as Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom or John Carlson is the answer, but there are certainly some upgrades that need to be made for the Caps to finally emerge as a legitimate contender.
Heading into the final couple of weeks before the 2014 NHL draft, here's a look at which areas of the roster require the most attention prior to Barry Trotz's first season behind the bench in Washington.