It’s already been an eventful offseason for the Washington Capitals, as the team will enter the 2014-15 season with both a new head coach and general manager for the first time since 1997.
And while it’d be surprising to see seismic changes made to the lineup via free agency, as CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley reported, Brian MacLellan is certainly going to be looking to bolster Barry Trotz’s roster following the 2014 NHL draft.
In the NHL, and for every other major North American sports league for that matter, having the personnel in place to identify underrated talent is critical, particularly since the dawn of the salary cap era.
Assuming the Capitals intend on continuing forward with its current core of elite talents in two-time reigning Rocket Richard Trophy recipient Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Karl Alzner and the oft-maligned Mike Green, MacLellan will likely have to build via the draft and through the periphery of the free agent market.
As a result, expect George McPhee’s longtime sidekick to chase depth players with experience and, most importantly, the potential to contribute in clutch situations.
Here’s a look at a few of the players that MacLellan and his staff should be targeting this summer.