- E.J. Hradek, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
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Summer Skate -- Washington Capitals
Last season was a disappointment for Capitals fans as the team bowed out to the Montreal Canadiens in a seven-game series after holding a supposedly insurmountable 3-1 series lead. With last season behind them, the Capitals are looking to flat-out dominate the opposition on the scoreboard once again. The question, however, will be whether the team can prevent goals -- particularly in the playoffs. This year will be an important one for Alex Ovechkin & Co., but they're fortunate to have the added help of a young blueliner on the rise.
Scoring won't be a problem for the Capitals, but on defense, Washington is investing its future in a young pair of netminders. Will the full-time addition of a young defenseman help or hurt?