Washington Capitals Strength and Weaknesses and Stanley Cup Chances posted by Caps Fan
The Washington Capitals finished the season 17th overall in the NHL league and also failed to make it to the playoffs. A few changes have been made to the leadership of the team. The main one being the departure of General Manager George McPhee, who had been with the team since the late 90s.
The team has a new manager and a new coach. The manager has already made a few significant expenditures in acquiring new talent. The new coach Barry Trotz who was with Nashville last season, will hopefully deliver what Adam Oates failed to last season.
Power play is the biggest strength for this team at the moment, particularly if last season’s results are factored in. Washington Capitals had the highest power play in the league, a position they tied with the Penguins where both of them have a 23.4% power-play score. The score was exceptionally good, if you factor in the average score for the league, which was 17.9%.
Players with Potential
The team has a good number of players who can deliver numbers. In the previous season, seven of them registered double digits points. Two of the key factors in the team are Nicklas Backstrom
and right wing Alex Ovechkin.
Washington Capitals has a number of problems that they need to fix if they are to make it to the playoffs. One is that they lack possession. They lack depth and this is a problem hurting an otherwise good team. The other is that cannot seem to play consistently from season to season.
Given their history and lack of consistency, they are likely going to have a hard time making it to the playoffs this season. The change in leadership may prove to be a challenge as they struggle to gain footing in the coming season.Continue reading "Washington Capitals Strength and ..."