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.
The Kings snapped a stretch of 43 seasons without a Stanley Cup Monday night. Caps fans are now fifth in the NHL waiting line.