2009 preview: Washington Capitals

With all due respect to the Penguins, the Washington Capitals are the most exciting young team in hockey.

And again with all due respect, they also have the best player in the game in  Alexander Ovechkin. The guy is a machine, and should lead the league again in goals this season.

The rest of the superstars on this team are also young, so the Caps should be a contender for years to come.

Story of the season:How will the Caps do with a young goalie? Jose Theodore may start the season as the #1 goalie, but he probably won’t finish as it. When the team decided to play Semyon Varlamov in the playoffs last year, they sent a strong message to Theodore: We don’t trust you. A small misstep from Theodore means Varlamov will be the main guy in Washington.

Former Habs: Jose Theodore

Blog to follow: On Frozen Blog

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Pool Picks:Semyon Varlamov. If your league chooses goalie, Varlamov could be the smart pick. He became the number one goalie in the playoffs, and will probably be the number one at some point this season. Stay away from:Mike Knuble. Someone is bound to give him a shot in your pool. Sure, he’s playing on a young team with lots of talent, but he was doing that in Philly as well, and yet his numbers continued to decline. He’ll probably finish up with about 40 points.

Award nominees:Semyon Varlamov for the Calder

Expected Finish: First in the Southeast, first in the east

Cheerleader: I wanted to put this photo of Sarah, a Capitals ice girl, because she listed her favourite book as Facebook.

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