Following the NHL draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is examining where each team stands in preparation for the 2022-23 regular season that begins Oct. 7. Today, the Washington Capitals:
2021-22 season: 44-26-12, fourth in Mets; first-round loss in Stanley Cup playoffs
Darcy CooperG: After winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche last season, the 32-year-old signed a five-year deal on July 13 to become the Capitals’ No. 1 goalie. Kuemper is tied for fourth in NHL wins (37-12-4) and suspensions (5), and 11th in save percentage (0.921) and average goals scored (2.54) in 57 regular-season games (all starts) ) last season. He’s 10-4 in 16 playoff games (all starts) with a 2.57 GAA, 0.902 save percentage and 1 elimination. … Dylan StromF: The 25-year-old signed a one-year deal on July 14 to help fill in the center Niklas Backstrom, he is recovering from resurfacing surgery on his left hip. Last season, Strom had 48 points (an NHL career-high 22 goals, 26 assists) in 69 regular-season games with the Chicago Blackhawks. … Connor BrownF: The 28-year-old received a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL draft on July 13 in a trade with the Ottawa Senators. Brown had 39 points (10 goals, 29 assists) in 64 games for the Senators last season and is expected to help fill the void. Tom Wilson The striker is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. … Charlie LindgrenG: The 28-year-old signed a three-year deal on July 13 as Cooper’s backup. Lindgren was 5-0-0 with a 1.22 GAA and 0.958 save percentage and 24-7-1 with a 2.21 GAA, 0.925 save percentage in five regular-season games (four starts) with the St. Louis Blues last season and 3 were shut out in 34 regular-season games against Springfield of the American Hockey League. … Eric GustafsonD: The 30-year-old signed a one-year deal on July 13. Gustafson had 18 points (3 goals, 15 assists) in 59 games with the Blackhawks last season.
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Ilya SamsonovG: The Capitals decided not to make a qualifying offer to Samsonoff to preserve his restricted free agency rights and signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 13. Samsonoff went 23-12-5 with a 3.02 GAA, 0.896 saves in 44 regular season games (39 starts) and a 2.97 GAA and 0.912 save percentage in 1-3 games last season in 5 playoff games (4 starts). … Vitek VanečekG: On July 8, he was traded in the 2022 NHL draft for a second-round pick (No. 46) to the New Jersey Devils for a second-round pick (No. 37) and a third-round pick (No. 70). 2022 draft. Vaneček, a restricted free agent who signed a three-year deal with the Devils on July 19, played in 42 regular-season games (39 starts) and 1 last season in two playoff games -1 with 4.21 GAA and 0.863 save percentage in (two starts). … Justin SchultzD: He signed a two-year deal with the Seattle Krakens on July 13. Schultz had 23 points (4 goals, 19 assists) in 74 regular-season games and 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) in six playoff games last season. … Michael KempneyD: He signed a one-year deal with the Kraken on July 25. Kempney was a member of the Capitals’ 2018 Stanley Cup-winning team and had two points (one goal, one assist) in 15 regular-season games last season. … John LarsonF: As an unrestricted free agent, Larson had 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists) in 14 regular-season games after being traded with the Arizona Coyotes on March 21, in 6 games with Washington 2 assists in the playoffs.
on the cusp
Lucas JohnsonD: The 24-year-old, selected with the 28th overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft, returned to being one of the Capitals’ better prospects last season after being limited by injuries the first two seasons and is expected to be in contention for one. Seats in training camp’s third pair of defenses. Johansson had 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists) in 62 games against the AHL’s Hershey last season and made his NHL debut on Dec. 31 against the Detroit Red Wings, scoring once assist. … Hendricks LapierreF: The 20-year-old, the 22nd overall pick in the 2020 NHL draft, scored one goal in six NHL games early last season before being sent to the Acadie-Bathurst of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Lapierre, who has 51 points (21 goals, 30 assists) in 40 games with Acadie-Bathurst, could start the season at Hershey after Strome’s signing pushes him off the center depth chart, but may be the first A drafted player.
what do they still need
Be healthy. The additions of Strom and Brown will help bridge the gap, but Wilson isn’t expected to play until December, and it’s unclear when Baxstrom will be able to return.forward Carl HagelinHis future is also uncertain due to an eye injury.
“It was the goal going into free agency, and we wanted to change our goalie, and we got it. I feel good about both of the guys we got, and I’m looking forward to a season in which both of them are in the net.” – General Manager Brian McClellan
With Baxstrom expected to be out for a long time, the Capitals have several options to fill the second-line vacancy at center 25 and under, Conor McMichael and Lapierre.Strom, who spends most of his time on the line on the elite wing Patrick Kane and Alex Deblink Carter The Blackhawks were third in 5-on-5 points per 60 minutes last season (2.12; minimum 200 games) behind Kane (2.51) and centers Jonathan Toth In the four regular seasons since joining in 2018-19, Deblink Carter (2.16) and Deblink Carter (2.03) have both led.Strom should be considered a fantastic sleeper with a chance to play his wings in the second tier TJ Osh, Anthony Mansa and/or Brown. – Pete Jensen
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Alex Ovechkin — Yevgeny Kuznetsov – Conor Brown
Anthony Mansa – Dylan Strom – Connor Sheri
Conor McMichael — Russ Eller – TJ Osh
Marcus Johnson — Nick Dodd — Garnet Hathaway
Martin Fehvari — John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen
Eric Gustafson — Trevor van Rimsdijk