The Kings snapped a stretch of 43 seasons without a Stanley Cup Monday night. Caps fans are now fifth in the NHL waiting line.
Braden Holtby's stellar playoff performance showed he can handle the pressures of the post-season and gives him the edge over Michal Neuvirth heading into 2012-13.
In 15 years under George McPhee the Capitals have had mixed results when they've owned two or more first-round picks.
Matt Hendricks led the Capitals in hits during the playoffs and his warrior mentality makes him one of the most popular players in the dressing room.
At 38, Roman Hamrlik is still a steady, shot-blocking defenseman who raised his level of play in the playoffs.