For eight consecutive seasons, the Washington Capitals made it to the postseason, experiencing four losses in the Conference semifinals and securing one championship. However, this streak came to an end in 2023. Due to significant injuries affecting key players, the team finished in the bottom third of the league. While a fully healthy squad is expected to remain competitive in the Metro Division, their recent campaign suggests that the current lineup may require some adjustments.
As a silver lining for their shortened season, the team was granted a top-ten draft pick, marking their first such opportunity since selecting Karl Alzner fifth overall in 2017. The chosen prospect, Ryan Leonard, is likely to quickly assimilate into an NHL role. His presence has the potential to inject youthful en