Why John Carlson Is the Washington Capitals’ Next Breakout Star

January 5th, 2013 by Dave Ungar Leave a reply »
With the fate of the 2012-2013 NHL season seemingly going to be decided within the next week, if not sooner (ESPN), fans everywhere brace for impact, whatever that impact might be.

Assuming the NHL and NHLPA are not really going to be dumb enough to blow away a second season in eight years over roughly $5 million in salary cap space and, essentially, a one-year difference over length of contracts, it looks like we would have a 48-game NHL season beginning on January 19, 2013.

For fans of the Washington Capitals, they will finally get to see their team hit the ice again. They will also get to see what sort of team takes to the ice and how it will respond to new head coach Adam Oates—all of it happening in a 48-game sprint to the playoffs.

With the Caps, there has never been a shortage of star power. Over the years, D.C. has been home to one of the very best in the game, Alexander Ovechkin. Add in players like Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin and Mike Green and the Caps were a relative collection of stars and players all looking to leave their mark on the NHL.

True, Ovechkin was always looked at as being a can't-miss prospect. B ...

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