Dion Phaneuf


As part of our summer series previewing the 2014-15 NHL season, CSNwashington.com is analyzing all 30 NHL teams, division by division.


Let’s face it: It’s the blockbuster trades that sell the NHL draft, not the selection of little-known 18-year-olds who may not play in the NHL for another year or two.


Let’s assume that Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan is earnest in his pursuit of a left-handed defenseman who can play alongside the right-handed shooting Mike Green on the Caps’ blue line.


Today CSNWashington.com concludes our team-by-team look at the three divisions in the Eastern Conference and the changes they made in the offseason.


The whispers began last season when Alex Ovechkin finished with career lows in goals (32) and points (85).