The Capitals are supposed to compete year in and year out with Alexander Ovechkin, but the season hasnt gone the way they wanted. So lets take a look at what the Capitals are projected to look like in the new year and next season.
The current team(when healthy) looks like this:
Lets just start with the obvious, Mathew Barzal wont be moved, he pretty much the only guy on that lineup that wont be moved. Other assets such as Nick Schmaltz, and Anthony DeAngelo will be tough to move, as they both are young and are on or will be affordable deals. Fowler and Karlsson are movable with the latter fitting in with the Capitals and should be the loyalty on a way cheaper contract that he is currently on. Sprong is still a keeper because he will eventually get his shot and should score at the NHL level. Granlund, Vanek, Seabrook, Clifford , and Kronwall are the likeliest to move this season.
The biggest question mark is the status of Alexander Ovechkin, will the Capitals keep him? That question is unknown at this time but his contract would allow him to be moved for the first time in awhile. Moving him could land the Capitals some assets, but not sure if it will be worth moving a prized asset that will win games.
The biggest need might be in net as the Capitals might not have any faith in Campbell or Merzlinkins. The Campbell contract isnt paying off and will probably be addressed next year.
The new rookies are going to be promising with Suzuki, Chytil and Frost possibly making the roster.Though it] looks like it might not be enough to offset the losses this season.
So looking into the offseason we are looking at this:
Basically a bunch of question marks up front as most of the bottom 6 will be moved or will move on.
The defence looks somewhat promising as the top 3 look great. Kronwall will be retired, and Seabrook might have played his last NHL game
Looks like the Capitals might have their hands full going into the New Year if they want to be competitive next season.