Back with another guest post is Caps correspondent Brad Parker.
Alex Ovechkin – In February he was lazy, past his prime and everything wrong with superstar athletes. Then he set the all-time NHL record for goals in April, led the NHL in goals for the season and tied Sidney Crosby in points. And unlike Sidney Crosby, he consistently plays in NHL games.
Nick Backstrom –- Reuniting him with Ovi saved the season. He finished just outside of the top-10 in scoring and is a huge reason Ovi’s being considered for the Hart again.
Braden Holtby –- It’s easy to forget that this was his first full season in the NHL, and it wasn’t a full season thanks to the lockout. The starting role is his and he’ll have a very long leash in both the playoffs and the ’13-14 season.
Mike Green –- When he got healthy the team turned around. Green is the QB of the power play and led the league in goals for defensemen. He also shattered Nate Thompson’s visor and became one of the first people on the planet to autograph a Tweet.
John Erskine — He was rock solid this season and while still not considered a top-four defenseman, this is just a better team when he’s in the lineup.
Mike Ribeiro –- He was traded to the Caps with one year left on his contract. Ribz finished in the top-10 in scoring and is about to get a ton of money this offseason. The big question is whether it’s coming from GMGM or will he have to move again?
Brooks Laich –- He’s only played nine games this season, and now we know he had surgery this month and is out for at least the first round.
John Carlson –- Remember when Captain America and the Karlzner pairing represented the bright future for the Caps?
Mike Milbury –- Let’s track his career path: good player, OK coach, horrible GM, hideous announcer. His hatred for Ovi is matched in intensity only by his love of Sid the Kid. If Ovi keeps playing like this, 12-year-old pee-wee players everywhere will need to hire bodyguards.
Fancy Stats -– Neil Greenberg does a great job analyzing hockey stats and providing therapy to fans. He’s hockey’s greatest analrapist. But for the second straight season he told us in February that the Caps were cooked and would be headed to the first tee when the regular season ended.
Latisis -– 48 games and infinity ads and I have no idea what they do or what the hell “from Colo to Cloud” means.
(Ovechkin image taken with love from Russian Machine.)