And that's not because the Caps are coming off a year in which they missed the postseason for the first time in seven years. Nor is it due to the team's changes behind the bench and in the boardroom.
Instead, Washington should see the event in Philadelphia as a valuable opportunity to add a top-tier prospect to the organization.
Since the Capitals first made the postseason during the Alex Ovechkin era in 2008, Washington's had just one selection inside the first half of Round 1 (Filip Forsberg at No. 11 in 2012), and with a top-heavy class of prospects up for grabs, GM Brian MacLellan will be looking to make the No. 13 pick count.
Heading into an all-important weekend for a franchise in transition, here's a look at the latest expert projections for who the Capitals will take in Round 1.