Question: How good will Washington be this season?
I poked a bit of fun at your club last season, mostly all in good fun. But I must say, the Caps do look like a solid team this season coming up.
But, to play Devil's Advocate, it wouldn't take much for things to go downhill in a hurry. There's a few high risk-high reward players in key positions IMO. The Capitals lineup will be loaded with potential but whether that potential all hits the mark is another story.
Elias is an injury concern and not getting any younger. He should have a good season, but does he have it left in him to be the star player carrying a his team the way the Caps need? Speaking of players who should be star players carrying their team, is Alex Semin going to grow a work ethic over the summer and actually be the dynamic player he could be?
Patrik Berglund needs a breakout year. The Blues are a wild card. They might surge up the standings, or they might stagnate. If they surge, Berglund (and Langenbrunner while we're in St. Louis) will be solid for you. If they stagnate, it's a big hit to your production.
Sam Gagner is holding down a key position for your club at #2 Center. At least 40 points in each NHL year shows he's consistent, but playing for the Oilers is a concern as is whether or not he can take that next step and move up to a 60 point player. He'll be solid, not spectacular. Which should be enough, if the rest of your roster, like Berglund, Elias etc. don't falter.
Kane is a potential star, a breakout year from him would do wonders for your club and relieve a whole lot of scoring pressure from the rest of your top 6. Ditto for Kyle Turris.
Knuble is another 40 point player, which your club seems to have a lot of. Solid is good, but is this the year he starts to drop off?
On defence, Keith Yandle will be hard pressed to match his production from last season. The Coyotes have not improved their team, and look as though they're in for a downslide now that Bryzgalov has left town. The rest of the group is solid, but unheralded. They should keep you competitive, but they're not going to emerge to carry the load. With a group of forwards with that many question marks, an elite level defender would be a huge plus.
In goal, you should be safe. Kiprusoff, while not the goaltender he once was, is still solid. He is getting up there though, and if Calgary doesn't start giving him some support (not likely given Regehrs departure) he's going to burn out sooner rather than later, and his play is starting to show signs of decline already. Rumours of him being traded to Dallas are concerning as well.
Dubnyk played well (even if it was for Edmonton) last season and could emerge as a starter this year, which would give you a trading chip to address other areas since you can't have two starters on the roster. Come playoffs however, neither of these goaltenders are likely to be there.
All in all, I think there's a lot of question marks for your team. Unlikely all will go south for the Capitals and you should be a solid team and in the playoff picture for sure. But an injury to the wrong player or at the wrong time could be catastrophic. Any team suffers with injuries, but your lineup will need a lot to go right for you this year in order to compensate if one of your top end producers goes down to a long term injury.
Not trying to bash, you do have a strong team for sure. Just my observations.