Since the lockout, the Washington Capitals have had an interesting journey in the NHL
After years of mediocre seasons, the team was rewarded with some high draft picks that brought remarkable players to our Nation's Capital, including Alex Ovechkin, Nick Backstrom, Semyon Varlamov and John Carlson. In fact, a majority of the roster is made up of first and second-round draft picks who bring a high level of skill to every game.
With a solid core and supporting staff, the Caps have dominated the regular season, winning three straight Southeast Division titles and more recently, the franchise's first-ever President's Trophy. At the start of every season, the list of Cup contenders always includes the Caps because of the sheer amount of talent loaded on all lines.
However, outside of Ovechkin, the Caps' regular season success has been their only claim to fame. Since 2005, they have won only one playoff series.
The Caps are fresh off another early playoff exit, courtesy of the Montreal Canadiens and their (at the time) hot goaltender Jaroslav Halak. Up three games to one, the lead slipped away from them and they were dealt a major upset from the number eight seed.
The defeat headlined a group of questions facing the Caps as they enter the season with a chip on their shoulders.
Here are the Caps' 10 biggest questions facing the team so far this season:
Laura Falcon is a college intern for Bleacher Report and Featured Columnist for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Follow her on Twitter or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.