Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades 2019: Washington Capitals

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2019-09-18

 

Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Washington Capitals

 

For the last 16 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 17th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey.

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Gone – Nathan Walker, Riley Barber, Andre Burakovsky, Brett Connolly, Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen, Devante Smith-Pelly, Dmitrij Jaskin

 

IncomingBrendan Leipsic, Garnet Hathaway, Richard Panik, Radko Gudas

 

Impact of changes – Another team with a summer of cap-cutting, or in this case ‘pro-active’ cap-cutting. The traded Burakovsky already knowing they couldn’t pay him his raise, and they let Connolly walk as a free agent knowing they couldn’t pay what he demanded. All these moves allowed them to keep Jakub Vrana, who is finally showing hints of becoming a star player soon.

The Capitals focused on cheap replacements for the depth scoring. Leipsic and Panik do not have the upside of Burakovsky nor Connolly, but they do have enough upside to replace the production that those players were giving Washington last season. So the key ch