Forwards2009-10 stats
[8] LW Alex Ovechkin50 G, 59 A, 109 P, 72 GP

Age: 24 | Height: 6-1 | Weight: 233
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Experience: 5 seasons
Playoff experience: 21 games

Outlook: Despite missing a career-high 10 games and leaving four others early because of injury or ejection, the star winger delivered a fourth 100-plus point season and is in the running for a third consecutive Hart Trophy. Since being named captain on Jan. 5, the NHL-best Capitals are 30-4-7 and broke franchise records for wins and points.

[9] C Brendan Morrison12 G, 30 A, 42 P, 74 GP

Age: 34 | Height: 5-11 | Weight: 185
Birthplace: Pitt Meadows, B.C.
Experience: 12 seasons
Playoff experience: 53 games

Outlook: The free agent acquisition was hot and cold during the regular season, but mostly cold in the second half as he scored only two goals in 37 games after Dec. 23. Could start the playoffs centering the second line with Laich and Alexander Semin, but won't have a long leash. Missed six of the final eight games with a groin-muscle strain.

[10] RW Matt Bradley10 G, 14 A, 24 P, 77 GP

Age: 31 | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 201
Birthplace: Stittsville, Ontario
Experience: 9 seasons
Playoff experience: 31 games

Outlook: Known more for his board-rattling hits and fisticuffs, the fourth-line energy winger proved there's more to his game this season by notching career highs for goals (10) and points (24). Half of his goals were game-winners. Raised his level of play last postseason, scoring two goals and setting up four others in limited ice time.

[14] RW Tomas Fleischmann23 G, 28 A, 51 P, 69 GP

Age: 25 | Height: 6-1 | Weight: 192
Birthplace: Koprivnice, Czechoslovakia
Experience: 5 seasons
Playoff experience: 16 games

Outlook: After missing the first 11 games of the season while recovering from a blood clot in his leg, the streaky Czech scored 14 goals in his first 25 games. He finished with career bests in goals (23) and points (51), but he cooled considerably in the second half. Can play wing or center, but is not good enough on faceoffs (43.1 percent) to earn steady playing time in the middle.

[15] C Boyd Gordon4 G, 6 A, 10 P, 36 GP

Age: 26 | Height: 6-1 | Weight: 200
Birthplace: Unity, Saskatchewan
Experience: 6 seasons
Playoff experience: 21 games

Outlook: Missed more than half of the season with a back injury. But, if healthy, will be in the lineup in the playoffs. He has limited offensive skills, but is a reliable fourth-liner who can play wing or center, is solid on faceoffs and can anchor the penalty kill.

[16] RW Eric Fehr21 G, 18 A, 39 P, 69 GP

Age: 24 | Height: 6-4 | Weight: 212
Birthplace: Winkler, Manitoba
Experience: 5 seasons
Playoff experience: 14 games

Outlook: Despite ranking 22nd on the team in ice time, the former first-round draft pick was ninth in points on the league's highest-scoring team, shattering career marks for goals (21), points (39) and plus/minus (plus-18) after double-shoulder surgery in the offseason. But with 15 forwards on the roster, he must produce in the playoffs to remain in the lineup.

[18] C Eric Belanger15 G, 26 A, 41 P, 77 GP

Age: 32 | Height: 5-11 | Weight: 187
Birthplace: Sherbrooke, Quebec
Experience: 9 seasons
Playoff experience: 30 games

Outlook: Acquired from Minnesota at the trade deadline to provide depth for the playoffs and boost the team's sub-par penalty kill, Belanger, one of the team's fastest players, can center both the second and third lines and is a fixture among the top-10 faceoff men in the league. His offensive production since the trade, however, has been a disappointment.

[19] C Nicklas Backstrom33 G, 668 A, 101 P, 82 GP

Age: 22 | Height: 6-1 | Weight: 210
Birthplace: Gavle, Sweden
Experience: 3 seasons
Playoff experience: 21 games

Outlook: The Swede cemented his place among the NHL's elite playmakers with a career-high assist total (68, third in the league) while finishing fourth in points (101). Alex Ovechkin's setup man still has not missed a game (246 regular season contests and counting) and has put himself in position to become one of hockey's highest-paid players.

[21] LW Brooks Laich25 G, 34 A, 59 P, 78 GP

Age: 26 | Height: 6-2 | Weight: 200
Birthplace: Wawota, Saskatchewan
Experience: 6 seasons
Playoff experience: 21 games

Outlook: Regarded as the team's hardest working player and a locker room leader, he increased his goal and point total for the third straight season and has become a mainstay in the team's top-six forwards. Can be used in all situations, but excelled on the league's best power play, notching 12 goals, second only to Alex Ovechkin's 13.

[22] RW Mike Knuble29 G, 24 A, 53 P, 69 GP

Age: 37 | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 223
Birthplace: Toronto
Experience: 13 seasons
Playoff experience: 41 games

Outlook: Widely regarded as last summer's shrewdest offseason acquisition, the big, net-crashing winger has added a new dimension to the game's best offense. Knows his role and plays it perfectly: Goes to the net, waits for a rebound and bangs the puck in. Has developed a sixth sense-like chemistry with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

[24] RW Scott Walker5 G, 3 A, 8 P, 42 GP

Age: 36 | Height: 5-10 | Weight: 196
Birthplace: Cambridge, Ontario
Experience: 15 seasons
Playoff experience: 29 games

Outlook: Acquired at the trade deadline to add grit and veteran leadership to the lineup, the winger's biggest impact on the team could be yet to come. Scored only one goal for Carolina in the playoffs last season, but it was a big one - in overtime of Game 7 against Boston in the conference semifinals.

[25] LW Jason Chimera15 G, 19 A, 34 P, 78 GP

Age: 30 | Height: 6-2 | Weight: 216
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta
Experience: 9 seasons
Playoff experience: 6 games

Outlook: Acquired from Columbus in December, the feisty, checking-line winger has fit into the dressing room seamlessly and exceeded expectations on the ice. Won't score many goals, but he's big, fast and gets under the skin of opponents - an underrated asset this time of year.

[28] RW Alexander Semin40 G, 44 A, 84 P, 73 GP

Age: 26 | Height: 6-2 | Weight: 208
Birthplace: Krasnojarsk, Russia
Experience: 5 seasons
Playoff experience: 21 games

Outlook: The sublimely skilled winger overcame injury concerns early in the season to establish career highs for goals (40) and points (84), despite missing nine games. Has become a fixture as the right wing on the second line, but Coach Bruce Boudreau won't hesitate to put him on the first line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom to jump-start the offense.

[39] C David Steckel5 G, 11 A, 16 P, 79 GP

Age: 28 | Height: 6-5 | Weight: 217
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisc.
Experience: 5 seasons
Playoff experience: 21 games

Outlook: One of the league's top two faceoff men, Steckel is regarded by Coach Bruce Boudreau as a "big-game player." Last season, the center scored three goals in the conference semifinal series against Pittsburgh, including a Game 6 tally at Mellon Arena. Took the second-fewest penalties (7 minors) among fulltime Capitals.

[53] LW Quintin Laing2 G, 2 A, 4 P, 36 GP

Age: 30 | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 193
Birthplace: Harris, Saskatchewan
Experience: 4 seasons
Playoff experience: 0 games

Outlook: Appeared in less than half the team's games but likely will be along for the ride in the playoffs. He can be used in a pinch on the fourth line and is well-respected by the coaches and his teammates for maximizing his talent level while sacrificing his body for the good of the team. Won't make a fuss over a lack of playing time.

Defensemen2009-10 stats
[52] Mike Green19 G, 57 A, 76 P, 75 GP

Age: 24 | Height: 6-1 | Weight: 204
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta
Experience: 5 seasons
Playoff experience: 21 games

Outlook: The Capitals' ice-time leader is the leading candidate to take home the Norris Trophy for top defenseman thanks to a maturing game and another career high for points (76). His first priority this postseason, though, is to redeem himself from last year's subpar performance in which he scored only once and was a team-worst minus-5.

[55] Jeff Schultz3 G, 20 A, 23 P, 73 GP

Age: 24 | Height: 6-6 | Weight: 230
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta
Experience: 4 seasons
Playoff experience: 3 games

Outlook: One year after being burned in his only postseason appearance by the Brandon Dubinsky on the New York Rangers' winning goal in Game 1, there's every reason to believe Schultz will be one of the Capitals' most important players this spring. The team's biggest player and Mike Green's partner, Schultz led the league in plus/minus at plus-50.

[26] Shaone Morrisonn1 G, 11 A, 12 P, 68 GP

Age: 27 | Height: 6-4 | Weight: 217
Birthplace: Vancouver, B.C.
Experience: 7 seasons
Playoff experience: 21 games

Outlook: A steady second- or third-pairing defenseman, Morrisonn rebounded from a slow start and has shown a knack for raising his game in the postseason. As a pending unrestricted free agent whose future in Washington is unclear, he has plenty of motivation to prove his worth to the Capitals and the rest of the league.

[77] Joe Corvo6 G, 12 A, 18 P, 52 GP

Age: 31 | Height: 6-0 | Weight: 204
Birthplace: Oak Park, Ill.
Experience: 7 seasons
Playoff experience: 38 games

Outlook: Acquired from Carolina at the trade deadline for Brian Pothier, prospect Oskar Osala and a second-round pick, the puck-moving defenseman has the potential to be an impact player in the postseason. He had a minus-4 plus/minus rating in 18 games with the Capitals after posting a minus-6 in 34 games with the Hurricanes.

[3] Tom Poti4 G, 20 A, 24 P, 70 GP

Age: 33 | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 197
Birthplace: Worcester, Mass.
Experience: 11 seasons
Playoff experience: 45 games

Outlook: The team's best defensive defenseman and anchor on the penalty kill, the veteran can play in all situations and rarely is caught out of position. Ranks second on the team in blocked shots (121), 11th in the league in plus/minus (plus-26) and notched 13 of his 24 points in the third period. Ranked second among Capitals defensemen in points in the playoffs last spring with seven.

[74] John Carlson1 G, 5 A, 6 P, 21 GP

Age: 20 | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 208
Birthplace: Natick, Mass.
Experience: 1 season
Playoff experience: 0 games

Outlook: Less than four months after leading the United States to a gold medal in the world junior championship with an overtime goal, the 20-year-old rookie has secured a spot among the team's top-six defensemen for the playoffs despite skating in only 22 NHL games. Has become a favorite of the coaching staff because of his poise with the puck and cool under pressure.

[4] John Erskine1 G, 1 A, 2 P, 50 GP

Age: 29 | Height: 6-4 | Weight: 220
Birthplace: Kingston, Ontario
Experience: 8 seasons
Playoff experience: 19 games

Outlook: Playing time for the rugged blue-liner became more sporadic after the trade deadline. Could be a scratch in the playoffs, but also could provide a measure of toughness against a physical opponent. Although he's fighting less these days because of concussion concerns, he held his own in four scraps this season.

[89] Tyler Sloan2 G, 4 A, 6 P, 40 GP

Age: 29 | Height: 6-4 | Weight: 204
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta
Experience: 2 seasons
Playoff experience: 2 games

Outlook: The seldom-used defenseman's role won't change much in the playoffs unless the blue line gets banged up. Like Quintin Laing, the smooth-skating Sloan embraces his role as a reserve and doesn't create waves in the dressing room over a lack of playing time.

[60] Josť Theodore30-7-7, 2.81 GAA, .911 SV%, 47 GP

Age: 33 | Height: 5-11 | Weight: 185
Birthplace: Laval, Quebec
Experience: 14 seasons
Playoff experience: 49 games

Outlook: A year after being unceremoniously pulled one game into the playoffs, the veteran figures to play a central role in the Capitals' success (or lack thereof) this postseason. Tuesday, Coach Bruce Boudreau named him the starting goaltender for Game 1. Theodore has not suffered a regulation loss in 24 games. If he struggles, though, Boudreau won't hesitate to give him the hook.

[40] Semyon Varlamov15-4-6, 2.55 GAA, .909 SV%, 26 GP

Age: 21| Height: 6-2 | Weight: 209
Birthplace: Samara, Russia
Experience: 2 seasons
Playoff experience: 13 games

Outlook: The rookie rebounded from a slow start to go 7-0-2 with a 1.53 goals against average and .945 save percentage from Nov. 11-Dec. 7. But groin muscle and knee injuries sidelined him for the next two months and left him searching for his game. Still, Coach Bruce Boudreau thinks very highly of the rookie and won't hesitate to play him in the playoffs.

Bruce Boudreau 

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Assistants: Dean Evason, Bob Woods, Blaine Forsythe, Arturs Irbe, Mark Nemish

Roster analysis by Tarik El-Bashir

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