The Capitals continue to put their trust in a veteran core. Can it hold up?

Around its core, Washington also will look to Tom Wilson, 27, a lightning rod who is among the new wave of leaders in the dressing room. Anthony Mantha, a 27-year-old who was sent to the Capitals in a blockbuster trade in April, hopes to contribute. Ilya Samsonov, 24, is the goalie of the present and still could be the goalie of the future. He signed a one-year contract in the summer but still needs to prove he can handle the role. Daniel Sprong, 24, is another offensive weapon.


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