Washington Capitals Depth Chart: Part 2: The Forwards

September 19th, 2010 by Jonathan Weiss Leave a reply »
There is little doubt that the Washington Capitals have the most skilled group of forwards in the NHL. Led by superstar Alexander Ovechkin, they dominated the league in almost every offensive category during the 2009-10 regular season. 

The real news is that the Caps have a lot of young talent who will compete for only a few open spots in the league’s most potent offensive.

Washington's rookies face a tough challenge. It is no coincidence that both top AHL forwards in each of the past two seasons – Alexandre Giroux and Keith Aucoin – were been unable to crack the Caps lineup either year.

Let’s look at the centers and wingmen on a line by line basis.

First Line

The Caps number one line is written in stone: Ovechkin at left wing, Backstrom at center, and Knuble on the right side. This is as well balanced and highly skilled a trio as you could ask for. Last season they were the highest scoring line in the league with 112 goals while tying for the lead in combined +/- rating at 105.  Enough said.

Second Line

The personnel for this line feels nearly set as the Caps enter ...

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