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Capitals added players with playoffs in mind

Saturday, 08.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August.

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals spent this offseason trying to fix what went wrong in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when they were eliminated by the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round after holding a 3-1 series lead.

Since selecting Alex Ovechkin with the first pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Washington has been one win from advancing to the Eastern Conference Final three times (2009, 2012, 2015), but the Capitals haven't been able to earn that victory.

Ovechkin turns 30 on Sept. 17, so the time for Washington is now.

"I felt the window to win with him was 10 years old," Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said in July. "He's a fantastic player. He plays hard all the time, and I feel I haven't met my commitment to him, that we would build a team that would be able to win Stanley Cups."

Backstrom's health among questions facing Capitals

Saturday, 08.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- By adding forwards Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie this offseason, the Washington Capitals hope they've completed a team that can withstand the rigors of playoff hockey and is good enough to win the Stanley Cup.

But there are plenty of lingering issues for the Capitals, from the way their lineup will be constructed to who will be in it.

Here are three questions facing the Capitals this season:

Washington Capitals fantasy hockey outlook

Saturday, 08.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

As part of NHL.com's offseason 30 in 30 package, fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen will break down each team's fantasy landscape. They will look at the players at the top of the ranks, an undervalued player, an overvalued player, a deep sleeper (players likely ranked outside the top 200 overall players) and the goalie outlook for each NHL team.

Leading the way: Alex Ovechkin

Ovechkin should be the first player taken in every fantasy draft this fall, and deservedly so. His 53 goals last season were 10 more than Steven Stamkos (43); his 25 power play goals were six more than Joe Pavelski (19); and his 395 shots on goal were 91 more than Rick Nash (304). He led the league with 15 multi-goal games, 27 multi-point games and had at least one shot on goal in each of the 81 games he played in. In 2013-14, Ovechkin's major flaw was his minus-35 rating, but he certainly corrected that under new head coach Barry Trotz and finished with a plus-10 rating last season. And with T.J. Oshie potentially lining up alongside Ovechkin, he could end up with even better statistics this season. Over the past five seasons, Ovechkin leads the NHL with 206 goals, 85 power play goals, 1,671 shots on goal and his 366 points are second (Claude Giroux has 376). His 209 penalty minutes during that span are 33rd most. Anything outside of being Yahoo's top fantasy player next season would be a disappointment for Ovechkin. If you're lucky enough to land the No. 1 pick in your draft, you should select Ovechkin with confidence.

Holtby, new forwards have Capitals optimistic

Saturday, 08.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- In Barry Trotz's first season as coach of the Washington Capitals, he got them back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after they missed the year before.

This season, there are many reasons to believe they'll be a legitimate contender to win Stanley Cup.

Here are four reasons the Capitals can be so optimistic:

Vrana, Bowey among Capitals' top five prospects

Saturday, 08.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals bulked up their prospect pool by selecting goaltender Ilya Samsonov in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, a surprising move considering how deep they are at the position.

Several prospects, notably Jakub Vrana and Madison Bowey, will play for Hershey of the American Hockey League this season, on what could be the youngest Bears team in 10 years.

Young talent in the AHL means the Capitals will have options for recalls.

Here is a look at the Capitals' top five prospects, according to NHL.com:

2015 NHL preseason begins Sunday, Sept. 20

Friday, 08.21.2015 / 12:00 PM / Schedule

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the composite schedule for the 2015 preseason, which opens on Sunday, Sept. 20.

Among the highlights of the 15-day, 104-game slate is the New York Islanders launching the first season in their new home, Barclays Center, in Brooklyn. The Islanders will play host to three Metropolitan Division rivals: the Philadelphia Flyers Sept. 21, New Jersey Devils Sept. 23 and Washington Capitals Sept. 28.

The people of North Saanich, B.C., winners of the Canada-wide Kraft HockeyvilleTM competition, will celebrate the grand prize when the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks visit their community on Sept. 21. The Sharks and Canucks will face off that night at the nearby Q Centre. The game will be broadcast in Canada on Sportsnet at 7:30 p.m., PT/10:30 p.m., ET.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning will square off in the inaugural Kraft Hockeyville USA matchup in Johnstown, Pa., on Sept. 29. The game will be broadcast in the United States by NBCSN at 7 p.m., ET.

New York Islanders fantasy hockey outlook

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

As part of NHL.com's offseason 30 in 30 package, fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen will break down each team's fantasy landscape. They will look at the players at the top of the ranks, an undervalued player, an overvalued player, a deep sleeper (players likely ranked outside the top 200 overall players) and the goalie outlook for each NHL team.

Leading the way: John Tavares

Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby are the top two fantasy assets in the game, but Tavares is a candidate to go right behind them in drafts. He missed the NHL scoring lead by one point, but was the only player League-wide with at least 35 goals (38), 35 assists (48), 30 power-play points (31) and 250 shots on goal (278). He had a positive rating (plus-5) for the first time in his career, and has yet to hit his ceiling. Although the New York Islanders could regress in a competitive Metropolitan Division that saw offseason reinforcements (Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets, T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals), Tavares gives the Islanders hope of competing for a Stanley Cup and fantasy owners a chance to reap the benefits of his elite coverage.

Pulock, Dal Colle among Islanders' top five prospects

Friday, 08.21.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The New York Islanders entered the 2015 NHL Draft without a first-round pick after trading it to the Buffalo Sabres for forward Thomas Vanek in October 2013.

But Islanders general manager Garth Snow was determined to get back into the first round, and was able to do so when he traded defense prospect Griffin Reinhart to the Edmonton Oilers for the 16th and 33rd selections. Snow drafted center Mathew Barzal at No. 16, then traded No. 33 and No. 72 to the Tampa Bay Lightning for another first-round pick, which was used to select forward Anthony Beauvillier at No. 28.

Many of Snow's picks have reached the NHL since he began rebuilding the roster in 2008.

Here is a look at the Islanders' top five prospects, according to NHL.com:

Tavares, playoff experience give Islanders optimism

Friday, 08.21.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The New York Islanders have assembled a talented group of young players over the past seven years, but they're still trying to reach the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1993.

They enter this season with a new home. After playing at Nassau Coliseum since 1972, the Islanders begin their first season at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Oct. 9 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

With another year of seasoning under their belts and the arena issue in the rearview mirror, it's time for the Islanders to prove they are a Stanley Cup contender.

Here are four reasons for the Islanders to be optimistic:

New home, top line among questions for Islanders

Friday, 08.21.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The New York Islanders won 47 games last season but once again couldn't get out of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, losing a seven-game series against the Washington Capitals. They're essentially returning the same group and hoping their younger players will continue to evolve.

Here are three questions facing the Islanders this season:

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Quote of the Day

I first met him when I was 19 years old and he coached me for 13 consecutive years. I don't know how many athletes who have had that pleasure. Al Arbour was a man that left us not only feeling like champions, but left us with a lot of great memories that we can carry on through life.

— Islanders Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin on former coach Al Arbour, who passed away Friday at the age of 82