Following the NHL draft, free agency and other off-season moves, NHL.com is examining where each team stands in preparation for the 2022–23 regular season, which begins October 7. Today, Washington Capitals:
2021-22 Season: 44-26-12, fourth in the Metropolitan Division; Lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs
darcy kumperYes: After winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche last season, the 32-year-old signed a five-year contract to become the Capitals’ No. 1 goalkeeper on July 13. Kumper was fourth in the NHL in wins (37-12-4) and shutouts (five), fifth in save percentage (.921) and 11th in goals—57 regular-season games against average (.254). in (all start ) last season. He was 10-4 with 2.57 GAA, .902 save percentage and one shutout in 16 playoff games (all starts). , Dylan StromF: The 25-year-old signed a one-year contract on July 14 to help fill in for the centre. Niklas Backstrom, who is restarting surgery on his left hip. Strom had 48 points (NHL career-high 22 goals, 26 assists) in 69 regular-season games with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. , Conor BrownF: The 28-year-old was acquired on July 13 with the Ottawa Senators for a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. Brown, who had 39 points (10 goals, 29 assists) from 64 games with the Senators last season, is expected to help fill it. tom wilson While the forward is recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. , Charlie LindgrenYes: The 28-year-old signed a three-year contract on July 13 to be Kumper’s backup. Lindgren was 5-0-0 with a 1.22 GAA and .958 save percentage in last season’s five regular-season games (four starts) with the St. Louis Blues and 24-7-1 with a 2.21 GAA, .925 save percentage and three American Hockey League shutouts with Springfield in 34 regular-season games. , Eric GustafsonD: The 30-year-old signed a one-year contract on July 13. Gustafsson had 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) in 59 games with the Blackhawks last season.
Ilya SamsonovYes: The Capitals decided not to make Samsonov a qualified offer in order to retain his restricted free agent rights, and he signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 13. Samsonov was 23-12-5 with 3.02 GAA, .896 saves. Percentage in 44 regular-season games and three shutouts (39 starts) and a 2.97 GAA with 1-3 and .912 save percentage in last season’s five playoff games (four starts). , Vitek VenesekiYes: In the 2022 NHL Draft, a second-round pick (No. 37) and a third-round pick (No. 70) were traded to the New Jersey Devils on July 8 for the New Jersey Devils. 2022 draft. Venacek, a banned free agent who signed a three-year liaison with the Devils on July 19, scored 20-12-6 with a 2.67 GAA, .908 save percentage and 42 regular-season games (39 starts) and four in 1 There were shutouts. -1 in two playoff games (two starts) last season with a 4.21 GAA and .863 saving percentage. , Justin SchultzD: He signed a two-year contract with the Seattle Kraken on July 13. Schultz had 23 points (four goals, 19 assists) in 74 regular-season games and three points (one goal, two assists) in six playoff games last season. , Michal KempneyD: He signed a one-year contract with Kraken on 25 July. Kempney, a member of the Capitals’ 2018 Stanley Cup Championship team, had two points (one goal, one assist) in 15 regular-season games last season. , johan larssonF: An unrestricted free agent, Larson had six points (one goal, five assists) in 14 regular-season games and two assists in six playoff games with Washington after being acquired in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on March 21.
on the cusp
Lukas JohansenD: The 24-year-old, who was selected with the No. 28 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, re-emerged last season as one of the Capitals’ better prospects after being limited by injuries over the last two years to compete for a spot. Hopefully in the third defense pair at the training camp. Johansson had 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) in 62 games with Hershey of the AHL last season and made his NHL debut on December 31 against the Detroit Red Wings, scoring one assist. , Hendrix LapierreF: The 20-year-old, who was the number 22 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, scored one goal in six NHL games early last season before being sent to AKD-Bathurst of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Lapierre, who has 51 points (21 goals, 30 assists) in 40 games with AKD-Bathurst, is likely to start the season at Hershey after Strom’s signing pushed him down the center depth charts, but first Could be one of call-ups. ,
what do they still need
to be healthy. The addition of Strom and Brown would help bridge the gap, but Wilson is not expected to play until December, and it is unclear when Backstrom will be able to return. ahead Karl HegelinThe future is also uncertain due to an eye injury.
“It was the goal of going into free agency that we wanted to change our goal, and we accomplished it. I feel good about both the guys we’ve got, and I look forward to the season with both of them in the nets.” I’m doing it.” – General Manager Brian McClellan
With Backstrom expected to be out for a long time, Rajdhani has few options to fill the second row void at 25 and under center strum, Conor McMichael and Lapierre. Strom, who played mostly with the wings of the elite Patrick Kane And alex debrincat For the Blackhawks last season, his third highest was 5-on-5 points per 60 minutes (2.12; minimum 200 games), behind Kane (2.51) and center. Jonathan Toes (2.16) and ahead of Debrincat (2.03) in four regular seasons since joining in 2018-19. Strom should be considered a deep fantasy sleeper with a chance to play on the second line with the wings TJ Oshi, Anthony Mantha and/or brown. — Pete Jensen
Alex Ovechkin , Evgeny Kuznetsov — Conor Brown
Anthony Mantha — Dylan Strom — Conor Sheery
Conor McMichael – lars aller — TJ Oshi
Marcus Johansson , nick dodd , Garnet Hathaway
Martin Fehrvari , John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov , nick jensen
Eric Gustafson – Trevor Van Rimsdieck