Some Early Capitals Player Predictions for the 2018-19 Season

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After a long summer featuring the Stanley Cup, the Washington Capitals will soon be back to work defending their Championship crown.  Some of the Capitals players have already trickled back into town, and they are preparing for the long 82-game regular season grind to begin.

The Capitals had a remarkable 2017-18 campaign that saw plenty of highs and lows.  Even with the challenging season, the Capitals pulled through and went on an incredible postseason run in 2018.

The Capitals will get into preseason action in the next few weeks.  With the preseason looming, and the regular season a little over a month away, let’s look at what some of the Capitals key players might do in the upcoming regular season.

BRADEN HOLTBY WILL BOUNCE BACK

The 2017-18 regular season was a bit of a struggle for Holtby.  Holtby should be able to recover easily with a quality defensive group in front of him.  Holtby recorded a 2.99 goals against average and .907 save percentage in 2017-18.  His numbers should likely improve – somewhere around a 2.50 goals against average and .920 save percentage.

TOM WILSON WILL SCORE 20 GOALS

Wilson saw more time with the Capitals top forwards late last season.  In the playoffs, Wilson became a strong fit next to Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin.  With some star talent to work with next to him, Wilson should see a boost in his offensive production.  Wilson recorded 14 goals and 35 points a season ago.

EVGENY KUZNETSOV WILL HIT 90+ POINTS

Kuznetsov is coming into his own as he enters his prime years.  He has become one of the Capitals top overall forwards.  He led all Capitals skaters in the 2018 postseason with 32 points.  With elite playmaking and vision, Kuznetsov is one of the top centres in the NHL.

JAKUB VRANA WILL SCORE 20 GOALS

Vrana is still very young, but has plenty of upside in his game.  He recorded 13 goals and 27 points in 73 games a season ago.  Vrana should see more looks in the Capitals top six forward group in the upcoming season.  If he can find the consistency in his game every single night, Vrana should become one of the Capitals top scorers soon.

JOHN CARLSON WILL SCORE 20 GOALS

Carlson had a great season in 2017-18, as he recorded 15 goals and 68 points.  With Todd Reirden behind the bench now, the Capitals defensive core should see a boost in offensive production.  Carlson signed a massive 8-year deal over the summer, and should have more to prove with his new contract.

By: George Foussekis

About George Foussekis

I am a sports fanatic. I love hockey and football, and I enjoy writing about my two favorite sports. I am a proud Old Dominion University alum.
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4 Responses to Some Early Capitals Player Predictions for the 2018-19 Season

  1. Alexandros Georgiadis says:

    well this is optimistic but I’m not mad. Wilson better earn 20 goals. Kuzy is killing it already and if there is another gear maybe we can swipe one more ring before its all over!

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  2. J says:

    Whats the deal with this Sergei Shumakov? I see multiple reports the Caps signed him, and then 12 hours later the agent disputes the reports. And if its just a 1 year deal for a projected 40-50 point 20 goal winger does that mean he will definitely be in the mix this year? Because otherwise how would you know if he any good in Hershey& with Burakovsky gone after this year you could have his replacement.

    If he hasnt signed, ignore.

    Caps prediction- Caps will win the Metro
    OV Challenges 50 goals mark, or passes it
    Kuzy continues great play from playoff run and challenges 100 points
    Holtby returns to form, 40 wins there about sub 2.4 gaa(his career avg)
    Backstrom 70 points, 50 assts
    Oshie 50 points area, 20 goals
    Wilson 45 points, 20 goals

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  3. Anonymous says:

    My concerns are the development of Bowey and CS and even Sammy. Only the Bolts are a worry in the east

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  4. Pingback: Tom Wilson Wants To Stay Out Of the Penalty Box More, But That Doesn’t Mean He Won’t Still Be Physical Presence For Capitals | NoVa Caps

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