The Kings drafted well, traded well and coached well en route to their first Stanley Cup. Can the Caps do the same?
Five players in the Stanley Cup Finals were taken in the first round in 2003 draft. The Caps are hoping to net similar results this year.
In his second season in the NHL Marcus Johansson finished third among Capitals forwards in scoring but left fans and coaches wanting more in the playoffs.
Much like the Capitals' Joel Ward, the Devils' Steve Bernier must live with the penalty that changed the fate of a playoff series.
The Capitals will play seven exhibition games beginning Sept. 25, including three games at the Verizon Center and one in Baltimore.