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2017-18 Season Preview by Alan May

Caps Alumni Alan May shares a few key points to watch for in the upcoming 2017-18 season.

by Scarlet Caps @scarletcaps / http://www.washingtoncapitals.com

Hey Caps fans, I just wanted to reach out to you and share some thoughts on the 2017-2018 NHL season, before we get started on Thursday.

First off, I'm very excited about this season - and the number one reason why, is that the Capitals are not the consensus pick to win the President's Trophy. Which I don't think is a bad thing to win for your play during the regular season. But the fact that the team will be forced to place new and younger players on the ice all season long. This should make for harder to win games, that will require more emotion, even desperation some nights, rather than being so methodical game in and game out.

I'm thinking young players up front, like Nathan Walker, Jakob Vrana, Riley Barber & Travis Boyd from Hershey will all play at some point this season, and I think that's a great thing. On the blue line, we'll get a chance at some point to view Madison Bowey, Christian Djoos and Tyler Lewington get their chance to pull on the red, white and blue jersey.

You have to also be excited about players that were signed, traded for, brought in on a try-out and even those older Hershey players, that will be given a fresh start.

Lastly, we'll get to see the exciting veteran players play with a chip on their shoulder from not getting the playoff result that they so badly wanted, but came up short last May. Ovechkin, Backstrom, Oshie, Carlson and Holtby will be even more driven to get the opportunity to play in the Finals round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

With all of that out there, I honestly believe that Evgeny Kuznetsov will push himself to the top of the NHL scoring leader board and challenge both McDavid and Crosby for the league lead in overall points. Kuzy is the most talented player on the team and with that new monster contract, I fully expect that he wants to see and hear his name mentioned everyday with those two elite players.

Thanks for supporting the team and see you at the rink. - Alan

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