Blogger's Breakout 2011 - Washington Capitals

J.P. is this excited about Carlson's chances to breakout

Another day another blogger here to help us delve further into their team's fantasy prospects.  Today we've got 'Fehr and Balanced' from the Washington Capitals blog Japers' Rink.  Unlike the team he cover's, F&B always brings the goods when the chips are down.

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We asked F&B seven fantasy related questions about the Capitals.  Check out his answers below.

If you're interested in FHS' breakout picks and fantasy take on the Caps check out our draft kit which includes The Breakout Bible, the Fantasy Scouting Report (with SuperStats included) and our Fantasy Prospect Database.

As always, we highly recommend you give F&B and the other writers over at Japers' Rink a look for all your Capitals needs.


Q1) Capital's Breakout of the Year?
John Carlson. Got a year under his belt, now he should be able to take that next step and be a bit more aggressive with the puck. If the luck for the forwards rebounds at all you'd expect Carlson to pick up A's just from that.

Q2) Darkhorse Breakout on Capitals?
Marcus Johansson, I don't think he's ready yet but he could end up putting up 60 points if he gets consistent 2nd line time and clicks with Alexander Semin.

Q3) League-Wide Breakout of the Year?
Does Taylor Hall count? He started slow last year and then got hurt right as he was finding his groove. I think he's going to come out of the gates on fire and put up some very nice boxcars.

Q4) Player likely to Breakdown on the Capitals?
Mike Knuble, it's gotta happen sometime, right?

Q5) Best Fantasy Prospect on the Capitals?
Long-term, I think there's a lot of upside to Evgeny Kuznetsov, but if we're just talking about this year, I'd keep an eye on Dmitri Orlov. The Caps only have a few prospects who might see ice time in Washington this year, but if Orlov's one of them, he may have the opportunity to put up some numbers. And, if either goalie gets hurt, Braden Holtby will get a chance to try to match his jaw-dropping performance from last year.

Q6) How do you see the Capitals Goalie Situation playing out this year?
~50/30 starts for Tomas Vokoun/Michal Neuvirth.

Q7) Why was the PP so mediocre last season? More importantly, will they struggle with the man advantage this season?
The players rely on one set-up on the PP and other teams figured it out. They don't move enough and their biggest goal scoring threat is left stranded 60 feet from the net. If they change the PP set-up and focus on moving their feet some more then they have the talent to rebound. If they come in with the same PP strategy they've been using for basically all of BB's tenure then they'll likely see an underperforming unit again. The % may bounce back a little just from shooting% luck, but it's not going to be the terrifying PP we've seen in the past unless they figure out new ways to align and attack.


Thanks to F&B, awesome stuff.  Do you have any Capitals related fantasy questions?  If so, throw them in the comments and we'll do our best to get F&B to come back for another visit to answer them.

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