theScore is previewing each team leading up to the 2016-17 season.
With essentially an entire roster returning after the most successful regular season in franchise history, Brian MacLellan didn't have the need, let alone the wiggle room, to bring widespread change to the Washington Capitals.
But with forward depth being an issue in the postseason, the Capitals are to return in 2016-17 with added support for arguably the most talented top six in the league, and not a single excuse.
Here's how the Capitals stack up with the additions of Lars Eller, acquired from the Montreal Canadiens for two draft picks, as well as free agent Brett Connolly via free agency.
|Alex Ovechkin||Nicklas Backstrom||T.J. Oshie|
|Marcus Johansson||Evgeny Kuznetsov||Justin Williams|
|Andre Burakovsky||Lars Eller||Daniel Winnik|
|Brett Connolly||Jay Beagle||Tom Wilson|
|Karl Alzner||John Carlson|
|Dmitry Orlov*||Matt Niskanen|
|Brooks Orpik||Nate Schmidt|
* denotes unsigned