Summer Skate: Washington Capitals

While his contract may be team-friendly, VUKOTA projects Karl Alzner to regress this season. G Fiume/Getty Images

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with Washington. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- Washington Capitals

GM George McPhee went out this offseason and signed Joel Ward, Jeff Halpern and Roman Hamrlik, traded for Troy Brouwer and re-signed Brooks Laich, adding an element of sandpaper to his team without taking away from its offensive core.

What's more, he added a top-10 netminder in Tomas Vokoun for a paltry $1.5 million for the 2011-12 season. Excuses are running out in Caps-land.

Trending Up: C Marcus Johansson
Last Season: 3.2 GVT | VUKOTA Projection: 5.4 GVT

The Capitals do not lack for young offensive talent and Marcus Johansson is no exception.