On defense, there lies quite a few question marks. Poti and Pothier have been decent offensive defensemen from time to time and should be good enough puck movers for the speedy forwards and hopefully their transition game can help the team out in the long run. Morrisonn, Jurcina and Erskine have not really made a solid name for themselves in recent years, but they have the opportunity to show the NHL why they shouldn't have passed on them before. Pool-wise, only Poti and Pothier should be considered... possibly Eminger if you feel that the Capitals will be deep enough in their scoring to warrant a third defenseman getting points.
In goal, there really shouldn't be much of a question mark on Olaf Kolzig. Kolzig, who faced an average of 32 shots a game, is a great big rock in net... when he's in net. Kolzig did miss 17 games due to a groin and knee injury, while Brent Johnson did admirably in his position. If the Caps can limit the amount of shots against and increase the shots for, they will ultimately be in much better shape to compete for that playoff spot that Ovechkin has been longing for in his short career.
|Alexander Ovechkin||Michael Nylander||Chris Clark|
|Alexander Semin||Boyd Gordon||Viktor Kozlov|
|Matt Pettinger||Brian Sutherby||Ben Clymer|
|Brooks Laich||Nicklas Backstrom||Matt Bradley|
|Tom Poti||Brian Pothier|
|Steve Eminger||Shaone Morrisonn|
|Milan Jurcina||John Erskine|
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