Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: Washington Capitals

Brandon Little


For the last 19 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 20th 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 both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.


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Washington Capitals

Gone: Ilya Samsonov, Vitek Vanecek, Justin Schultz, Michal Kempny, Johan Larsson, Shane Gersich, and Pheonix Copley.

Incoming: Darcy Kuemper, Dylan Strome, Connor Brown, Charlie Lindgren, Henrik Borgstrom, and Matt Irwin.

Impact of Changes:

The Washington Capitals will be missing two of their cornerstone forwards in Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson for more than half the season after they both underwent surgery for serious injuries, so they felt the need to add some skilled forwards. And with the void left by them, they added the right players. Players like Strome and Brown will be looked upon to make an immediate impact and will have prominent roles with the forward group early on.

They were also tired of waiting to see who would step up in net and take the starter position and completely moved on from Samsonov and Vanecek by bringing in Kuemper and Lindgren. Because of this, their goaltending got MUCH better and gives the Caps a definitive starter and backup.

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