Commentary

Russian sniper slips, but a net gain

Projections aren't favorable for one of NHL's top forwards

Originally Published: July 27, 2009
By Richard Pollock & E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus/ESPN The Magazine

Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, checking in Monday with the Capitals.

Summer Skate -- Washington Capitals


After a heartbreaking second-round loss to the rival Penguins, the Capitals will be looking to make amends for that defeat in 2009-10. Having lost Viktor Kozlov and Sergei Fedorov and having added Mike Knuble, the Capitals really don't have many holes at forward. Defense, on the other hand, is another story. So unless the team's young defenders, like Karl Alzner and John Carlson, come along quickly, the Capitals may be spinning their wheels next season.

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