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Troy Brouwer, wing, second line

Brouwer is the only Cap who has won a Cup. He did it with Chicago in 2009-10, when he set a career high with 22 goals. He had 19 last season in the lockout-shortened campaign, so it was a better year statistically. It is not unthinkable for the 28-year-old to hit the 30-goal mark and he could also establish a career mark for assists (19 in 2010-11) playing on a potentially explosive line with wing Brooks Laich and center Mikhail Grabovski.

“Just coming off last season, points-per-game it was by far my best season and I think that’s not an unrealistic goal to believe that I could do it again,” Brouwer said. “I’ve scored 20 goals before, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise I was able to put up good numbers. It would have been good to see with a full season what the final numbers could be.”

Center Mike Ribeiro, who left via free agency in the offseason, told Brouwer last year not to give the puck back. The addition of Grabovski through free agency and the return of Laich from injury gives the Caps’ second line more shooters. Thus far, Grabovski is the only one with any points and most have come on the power play.

“I think I had a lot of opportunities last season to be able to handle the puck, be in good positions to get good shots off in scoring opportunities,” Brouwer said. “I’m trying to get myself in those situations this year. It has only been three games. I’m not worried about it yet. I do need to start contributing.”

Marcus Johansson, wing, first line

As a 21-year-old in 2011-12, Johansson had 14 goals and 32 assists. Breakout year? He says that’s not for him to judge.

“I just play the best I can,” he said. “If somebody calls it a breakout year or not, I don’t care about that.”

Playing on a line with one of the best in the game in Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom provides him with plenty of chances to pad the scoresheet. He had his first career three-point game (all assists) in the Caps’ home opener last Thursday.

“I want to get better every day,” Johansson said. “I’m 23 years old. I don’t think I’m as good as I can be.”