The Capitals will be eager to get the 2011-12 campaign underway following two straight seasons of early playoff exits. While the preseason does not bring games that count toward the standings, it does bring individual and team performances that can affect the shape of the roster throughout the season.
The preseason cannot be counted towards the relative success a team can expect, but you can look at individual performances to see how certain players may be entering a season and what they will eventually contribute to the team. Some of these players may be difference makers, even though they feature much less in preseason contests than marginal players do.
Let’s take a look at four players that look to make an improved contribution to the Washington Capitals this season.