The surprise of the Western Conference last season. Old friend Bruce Boudreau took the Ducks from out of the playoffs in his first season with the team to the third-best record in the NHL.
The Capitals have seen top prospects use the prestigious World Juniors tournament as a quick launching pad to NHL success before.
The Capitals have a trio of promising young defensemen in their minor-league system in Dmitry Orlov, Cameron Schilling and Tomas Kundratek. At least one of them should be on the opening night roster on Oct. 1 at Chicago.
Is forward Stan Galiev still among the Capitals' top prospects? Not everyone is sure about that.