Washington Capitals: Fan Guide to 2015-2016 (Part 2)

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We continue our insider look at the Washington Capitals’ roster for fans new and old. Let’s get to know our guys!

Now that the NHL season is fully under way, let’s continue the breakdown of players from your 2015-2016 Washington Capitals. In our previous post, we discussed the star-studded top forward line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and T.J. Oshie. We also took a glance at the Capitals new “young guns” – the burgeoning stars of Evgeni Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky, and Tom Wilson.

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Today, we’re rounding up the rest of our forward corps with all its seasoned veterans and bubble-spot AHL graduates. The less glamorous “bottom half” of the Washington Capitals roster. They skate fewer minutes and they’re easier to overlook, but perhaps that’s what makes them so much fun to root for.

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For the veterans, with all of their hockey wisdom and leadership presence, we should take some time to underline and value their countless contributions. When times are tough and losses sting, the locker room intangibles and even-keeled stability and professionalism to their game rises to the surface. We need those veterans if we’re serious about winning a Stanley Cup this year.

For the carousel of forwards that are right on that 12th and 13th forward spot bubble; how can you not wish these guys the best? Their dreams hinge upon making a play or impact in a game that could sway the teams’ fortunes.

The Washington Capitals are a phenomenal team this year because of the back end of their roster. They have depth. There are several teams in the NHL that have one or two good forward lines. Few teams can say they have a roster well and truly filled out. The Washington Capitals are one of those few teams. That “filling” of players is very easily taken for granted until it’s already gone.

So, without any further tongue wagging, let’s get to it. Here are, your Washington Capitals.

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