Summer Skate: Washington Capitals

After an offseason spending spree, excuses have run out in Washington

Updated: August 29, 2011, 11:40 AM ET
By Richard Pollock and Corey Pronman | Hockey Prospectus
Karl AlznerG Fiume/Getty ImagesWhile his contract may be team-friendly, VUKOTA projects Karl Alzner to regress this season.

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with Washington. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- Washington Capitals

GM George McPhee went out this offseason and signed Joel Ward, Jeff Halpern and Roman Hamrlik, traded for Troy Brouwer and re-signed Brooks Laich, adding an element of sandpaper to his team without taking away from its offensive core.

What's more, he added a top-10 netminder in Tomas Vokoun for a paltry $1.5 million for the 2011-12 season. Excuses are running out in Caps-land.

Trending Up: C Marcus Johansson
Last Season: 3.2 GVT | VUKOTA Projection: 5.4 GVT

The Capitals do not lack for young offensive talent and Marcus Johansson is no exception.

Corey Pronman is ESPN's NHL Draft and Prospects analyst. He provides analysis on the top draft-eligible players, prospects drafted by NHL teams and all other relevant prospect information. He lives in New York.