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2015–16 Washington Capitals · NHL
Presidents' Trophy Winners
Metropolitan Division Champions
Division 1st Metropolitan
Conference 1st Eastern
2015–16 record 56–18–8
Home record 29–8–4
Road record 27–10–4
Goals for 252
Goals against 193
General Manager Brian MacLellan
Coach Barry Trotz
Captain Alexander Ovechkin
Alternate captains Nicklas Backstrom
Brooks Orpik
Arena Verizon Center
Average attendance 18,509[1]
(27 games)
Team leaders
Goals Alexander Ovechkin (50)
Assists Evgeny Kuznetsov (57)
Points Evgeny Kuznetsov (77)
Penalties in minutes Tom Wilson (163)
Wins Braden Holtby (48)
Goals against average Braden Holtby (2.20)

The 2015–16 Washington Capitals season was the 42nd season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 11, 1974.[2] The season began its regular games on October 10, 2015 against the New Jersey Devils.[3]

Off-seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

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Conference standingsEdit

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Schedule and resultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2015–16 Game Log[3]

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

PlayoffsEdit

2016 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statisticsEdit

Final stats

Skaters

Regular Season[4]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Kuznetsov, EvgenyEvgeny Kuznetsov 82 20 57 77 27 32
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin 79 50 21 71 21 53
Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom 75 20 50 70 17 36
Williams, JustinJustin Williams 82 22 30 52 15 36
Oshie, T. J.T. J. Oshie 80 26 25 51 16 34
Johansson, MarcusMarcus Johansson 74 17 29 46 12 16
Chimera, JasonJason Chimera 82 20 20 40 0 22
Carlson, JohnJohn Carlson 56 8 31 39 16 14
Burakovsky, AndreAndre Burakovsky 79 17 21 38 4 12
Niskanen, MattMatt Niskanen 82 5 27 32 10 38
Orlov, DmitryDmitry Orlov 82 8 21 29 8 26
Wilson, TomTom Wilson 82 7 16 23 3 163
Alzner, KarlKarl Alzner 82 4 17 21 14 26
Beagle, JayJay Beagle 57 8 9 17 0 24
Schmidt, NateNate Schmidt 72 2 14 16 12 16
Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik 41 3 7 10 11 24
Latta, MichaelMichael Latta 43 3 4 7 0 50
Laich, BrooksBrooks Laich

|| 60 || 1 || 6 || 7 || −7 || 16

Chorney, TaylorTaylor Chorney 55 1 5 6 8 21
Richards, MikeMike Richards 39 2 3 5 −2 8
Winnik, DanielDaniel Winnik

|| 20 || 2 || 3 || 5 || 7 || 22

Galiev, StanislavStanislav Galiev 24 0 3 3 2 4
Ness, AaronAaron Ness 8 0 2 2 4 2
Carey, PaulPaul Carey 4 1 0 1 0 0
Sill, ZachZach Sill 10 1 0 1 0 2
Weber, MikeMike Weber

|| 10 || 0 || 0 || 0 || −1 || 28

Collins, SeanSean Collins 2 0 0 0 −1 2
Stanton, RyanRyan Stanton 1 0 0 0 −1 2
Stephenson, ChandlerChandler Stephenson 9 0 0 0 −3 2
Brown, ChrisChris Brown

|| 1 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0

Carrick, ConnorConnor Carrick

|| 3 || 0 || 0 || 0 || −2 || 0

Playoffs[4]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin 12 5 7 12 3 2
Carlson, JohnJohn Carlson 12 5 7 12 −2 4
Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom 12 2 9 11 3 8
Oshie, T. J.T. J. Oshie 12 6 4 10 2 11
Williams, JustinJustin Williams 12 3 4 7 −3 14
Johansson, MarcusMarcus Johansson 12 2 5 7 −2 2
Niskanen, MattMatt Niskanen 12 0 3 3 3 6
Beagle, JayJay Beagle 12 3 0 3 1 2
Chimera, JasonJason Chimera 12 1 1 2 −1 12
Alzner, KarlKarl Alzner 12 0 2 2 3 6
Kuznetsov, EvgenyEvgeny Kuznetsov 12 1 1 2 −4 8
Chorney, TaylorTaylor Chorney 7 0 1 1 −1 4
Orlov, DmitryDmitry Orlov 11 0 1 1 0 2
Wilson, TomTom Wilson 12 0 1 1 −3 13
Schmidt, NateNate Schmidt 10 0 1 1 −3 2
Burakovsky, AndreAndre Burakovsky 12 1 0 1 −1 6
Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik 6 0 0 0 −3 10
Richards, MikeMike Richards 12 0 0 0 0 4
Winnik, DanielDaniel Winnik 12 0 0 0 0 4
Weber, MikeMike Weber 2 0 0 0 −1 0

Goaltenders
Regular Season[4]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby 66 66 3841:11 48 9 7 141 2.20 1802 .922 3 0 1 6
Grubauer, PhilippPhilipp Grubauer 22 16 1111:53 8 9 1 43 2.32 523 .918 0 0 0 2
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby 12 12 732 6 6 2 21 1.72 363 .942 2 0 1 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Capitals. Stats reflect time with the Capitals only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Capitals only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

RosterEdit

Suspensions/fines Edit

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Zach Sill Boarding on Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid during NHL Game No. 588 in Boston on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at 4:43 of the second period. 2 games $6,182.80 January 6, 2016[5]
Marcus Johansson Illegal check to the head of New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey during NHL Game No. 601 in New York on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 8:42 of the first period. 2 games $40,322.58 January 8, 2016[6]

Notable achievements Edit

Awards Edit

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Kuznetsov, E.E. Kuznetsov NHL First Star of the Week[7] October 26, 2015
Holtby, B.B. Holtby NHL Second Star of the Week[8] November 30, 2015
Holtby, B.B. Holtby NHL Second Star of the Month[9] December 1, 2015
Oshie, T.T. Oshie NHL Second Star of the Week[10] December 21, 2015
Ovechkin, A.A. Ovechkin NHL All-Star game captain[11] January 2, 2016
Holtby, B.B. Holtby NHL Second Star of the Month[12] January 4, 2016
Holtby, B.B. Holtby NHL All-Star game selection[13] January 6, 2016
Backstrom, N.N. Backstrom NHL All-Star game selection[13] January 6, 2016
Ovechkin, A.A. Ovechkin NHL First Star of the Week[14] January 11, 2016
Kuznetsov, E.E. Kuznetsov NHL All-Star game replacement selection[15] January 28, 2016
Kuznetsov, E.E. Kuznetsov NHL First Star of the Month[16] February 1, 2016

Milestones Edit

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Niskanen, M.M. Niskanen 200th Career NHL Point October 10, 2015
Carlson, J.J. Carlson 400th Career NHL Game October 13, 2015
Stephenson, C.C. Stephenson 1st Career NHL Game October 15, 2015
Kuznetsov, E.E. Kuznetsov 100th Career NHL Game October 15, 2015
Galiev, S.S. Galiev 1st Career NHL Assist October 15, 2015
Ovechkin, A.A. Ovechkin 900th Career NHL Point October 20, 2015
J. Carlson 200th Career NHL Point November 5, 2015
Ovechkin, A.A. Ovechkin 484th Career Goal; Most Goals scored by Russian November 19, 2015
Laich, B.B. Laich 700th Career NHL Game November 19, 2015
Holtby, B.B. Holtby 200th Career NHL Game December 8, 2015
Backstrom, N.N. Backstrom 600th Career NHL Game December 8, 2015
Johansson, M.M. Johansson 200th Career NHL Point December 8, 2015
Williams, J.J. Williams 600th Career NHL Point December 8, 2015
M. Niskanen 600th Career NHL Game December 10, 2015
Chimera, J.J. Chimera 900th Career NHL Game December 18, 2015
N. Backstrom 600th Career NHL Point December 18, 2015
Schmidt, N.N. Schmidt 100th Career NHL Game December 31, 2015
A. Ovechkin 800th Career NHL Game January 9, 2016
Chorney, T.T. Chorney 100th Career NHL Game January 9, 2016
A. Ovechkin 500th Career NHL Goal January 10, 2016

TransactionsEdit

The Capitals have been involved in the following transactions during the 2015–16 season.

TradesEdit

Date
Details
Ref
June 27, 2015 (2015-06-27) To New York Rangers
BUF's 3rd-round pick in 2015
4th-round pick in 2015
To Washington Capitals
MTL's 2nd-round pick in 2015
[17]
July 2, 2015 (2015-07-02) To St. Louis Blues
Troy Brouwer
Pheonix Copley
3rd-round pick in 2016
To Washington Capitals
T. J. Oshie
[18]
February 23, 2016 (2016-02-23) To Buffalo Sabres
3rd-round pick in 2017
To Washington Capitals
Mike Weber[Note 1]
[19]
February 28, 2016 (2016-02-28) To New York Rangers
Chris Brown
To Washington Capitals
Ryan Bourque
[20]
February 28, 2016 (2016-02-28) To Toronto Maple Leafs
Brooks Laich
Connor Carrick
2nd-round pick in 2016
To Washington Capitals
Daniel Winnik
ANA's 5th-round pick in 2016
[21]

Notes
  • Note 1 Buffalo to retain 50% ($1.67 million) of salary as part of trade.

Free agents acquired Edit

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Taylor Chorney Pittsburgh Penguins 1 year, $700,000 [22]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Justin Williams Los Angeles Kings 2 years, $6.5 million [23]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Aaron Ness Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1 year, $575,000 [24]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Carter Camper Binghamton Senators 1 year, $575,000 [24]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Sean Collins Columbus Blue Jackets 1 year, $575,000 [24]
July 2, 2015 (2015-07-02) Chris Bourque Hartford Wolf Pack 2 years, $1.2 million [25]
July 4, 2015 (2015-07-04) Dan Ellis Florida Panthers 1 year, $650,000 [26]
July 8, 2015 (2015-07-08) Paul Carey Providence Bruins 1 year, $575,000 [27]
July 16, 2015 (2015-07-16) Zach Sill Toronto Maple Leafs 1 year, $575,000 [28]
July 24, 2015 (2015-07-24) Ryan Stanton Vancouver Canucks 1 year, $575,000 [29]
October 5, 2015 (2015-10-05) Tim McGauley Brandon Wheat Kings 3 years, entry-level contract [30]
January 6, 2016 (2016-01-06) Mike Richards Los Angeles Kings 1 year, $1 million [31]
March 28, 2016 (2016-03-28) Adam Carlson Mercyhurst College 2 years, entry-level contract [32]

Free agents lost Edit

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Mike Green Detroit Red Wings 3 years, $18 million [33]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Steve Oleksy Pittsburgh Penguins 1 years, $575,000 [34]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Chris Conner Philadelphia Flyers 1 years, $575,000 [35]
July 2, 2015 (2015-07-02) Cameron Schilling Chicago Blackhawks 1 years, $575,000 [36]
July 3, 2015 (2015-07-03) Joel Ward San Jose Sharks 3 years, $9.825 million [37]
July 28, 2015 (2015-07-28) Eric Fehr Pittsburgh Penguins 3 years, $6 million [38]

Claimed via waivers Edit

Player Previous team Date Ref

Lost via waivers Edit

Player New team Date Ref

Lost via retirement Edit

Date Player Ref
June 29, 2015 (2015-06-29) Patrick Wey [39]

Player signingsEdit

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
June 29, 2015 (2015-06-29) Jay Beagle 3-years, $5.25 million [40]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Stanislav Galiev 2-years, $2.3 million [41]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Mike Moore 1 year, $575,000 [24]
July 6, 2015 (2015-07-06) Evgeny Kuznetsov 2-years, $6 million [42]
July 6, 2015 (2015-07-06) Chris Brown 2-years, $1.701 million [43]
July 24, 2015 (2015-07-24) Braden Holtby 5-years, $30.5 million [44]
July 30, 2015 (2015-07-30) Jonas Siegenthaler 3-years, entry-level contract [45]
July 31, 2015 (2015-07-31) Marcus Johansson 1-year, $3.75 million [46]
February 19, 2016 (2016-02-19) Taylor Chorney 2-years, $1.6 million contract extension [47]

Draft picksEdit

See also: List of Washington Capitals draft picks

Below are the Washington Capitals' selections at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, to be held on June 26–27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 22 Ilya Samsonov G Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)
2 57[a] Jonas Siegenthaler D Switzerland ZSC Lions (NLA)
5 143 Conner Hobbs D Canada Regina Pats (WHL)
6 173 Colby Williams D Canada Regina Pats (WHL)
Draft notes[48]
  • The Washington Capitals' second-round pick will go to the Calgary Flames as the result of a trade on March 1, 2015, that sent Curtis Glencross to Washington in exchange for a third-round pick in 2015 and this pick.[49]
  • a  The Montreal Canadiens' second-round pick went to the Washington Capitals as the result of a trade on June 27, 2015, that sent Buffalo's third-round pick in 2015 (62nd overall) and a fourth-round pick in 2015 (113th overall) to New York in exchange for this pick.[50] The Rangers previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on June 27, 2015, that sent Cam Talbot and a seventh-round pick in 2015 (209th overall) to Edmonton in exchange for Ottawa's third-round pick in 2015 (79th overall), a seventh-round pick in 2015 (184th overall) and this pick.[50]
  • The Washington Capitals' third-round pick will go to the Calgary Flames as the result of a trade on March 1, 2015, that sent Curtis Glencross to Washington in exchange for a second-round pick in 2015 and this pick.[49]
  • The Washington Capitals' fourth-round pick went to the New York Rangers as the result of a trade on June 27, 2015, that sent Montreal's second-round pick in 2015 (57th overall) to Washington in exchange for and Buffalo's third-round pick in 2015 (62nd overall) and this pick.[50]
  • The Washington Capitals' seventh-round pick will go to the Winnipeg Jets as the result of a trade on June 28, 2014, that sent Edward Pasquale and a sixth-round pick in 2014 to Washington in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2014, Nashville's seventh-round pick in 2014 and this pick.[51]

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