When you finish with the NHL’s best regular season record you don’t need to make many changes.
That said, when you lose in the first round of the playoffs to an eight seed, you might want to take a look at your compete level!
Brad Ross, an agitator who played for the Portland Winterhawks last season, would be a perfect fit for the Capitals, who could use his compete level, toughness and tenacity.
That said, the Capitals need a centre, which may mean taking a look at the likes of U.S. High School sensation Brock Nelson, Peterborough Petes standout Ryan Spooner or North Vancouver, B.C. native, Jordan Weal.
Defensemen Karl Alzner and John Carlson both look to be NHL-ready and should be given every chance to make the big club next season.
Goaltender Semyon Varlamov will assume the starter's role next year, backed up by Michal Neuvirth, who just may emerge as the better goaltender in the long run.
The Capitals may also elect to use their pick as part of a trade to bring in some immediate help down the middle.
Given their Cap concerns, they will have to be careful about the amount of salary they take back.
That concludes my three part series on the NHL’s Eastern Conference teams. If you missed parts one and/or two, check out my profile for the articles or use the links below.
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