• Tallies assist Sunday

    News: Marcus Johansson recorded an assist during Sunday's 6-2 win over the Islanders.
    Analysis: The 24-year-old Swede was sidelined earlier in training camp with a back issue, and finished preseason play with just the a single assist in three games. A versatile forward, Marcus Johansson can be moved around the lineup, which is great for the Capitals, but makes it difficult for him to generate consistent returns in fantasy formats. Likely to start the season on the second line and seeing some power-play time, Johansson is worth a look in the later rounds of most formats, but his role and ice time need to be monitored closely as the season unfolds.
  • Will play Wednesday against Carolina

    News: Marcus Johansson will suit up for Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Hurricanes, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.
    Analysis: Initially it was believed that Marcus Johansson would be able to take part in Monday's exhibition against the Islanders, but the team ultimately opted to hold him out of the contest. Johansson has yet to take part in any of the Capitals' preseason games, so he'll use Wednesday's matchup as an opportunity to shake off any rust he may have collected while recovering from a back injury. The 24-year-old registered a career-high 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) in 82 games with the Capitals last season, and is expected to assume a top-six role with the team in 2015-16.
  • Caps' Johansson To Open Camp At Wing

    News: Capitals coach Barry Trotz said Saturday that Marcus Johansson will "definitely" open camp on the wing, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
    Analysis: The 24-year-old has some experience at center, but with the Capitals well stocked down the middle even if Nicklas Backstrom (hip) misses the start of the regular season, Marcus Johansson won't be shuttled around at multiple positions. He's likely to play on the left wing of the second or third line this season and build on the career-best totals in goals (20) and points (47) he established in 2014-15.
  • Johansson Inks One-Year Deal With Capitals

    News: Marcus Johansson signed a one-year, $3.75 million contract with the Capitals on Friday, James Mirtle of TSN 1050 Radio reports.
    Analysis: Marcus Johansson was a solid offensive contributor for the Capitals in 2014-15, racking up 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) in 82 games, good for fourth best on the team. He will return to his role as a top-six forward with Washington this season, and will likely continue to be a part of the Capitals' top power-play unit. The 24-year-old is a versatile winger who, barring injury, should be similarly productive this season.
  • Caps' RFA Johansson Files For Salary Arbitration

    News: Marcus Johansson filed for salary arbitration on Sunday, and will have his hearing heard during the arbitration period from July 20th to August 4th, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
    Analysis: If the case goes before the arbiter, Marcus Johansson will take a contract extension with a maximum of two years. While the filing is indicative of disagreement between Johansson's camp and the Capitals about a new contract, there is still a very good chance the two sides will get a deal done before the case is heard. A fixture in the Capitals top-six last season, Johansson has a career-high of 20 goals and 47 points in 82 games. The arrival of T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams may complicate Johansson's deployment in next season's lineup, but general manager Brian MacLellan has made it clear he wants to keep Johansson with the team beyond next season. Keep an eye on the situation as it unfolds.
  • Caps' Johansson Given Qualifying Offer

    News: The Capitals extended a qualifying offer to Marcus Johansson on Friday, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
    Analysis: In doing so, the Capitals will retain Marcus Johansson's rights while they continue to negotiate a contract extension for the 24-year-old restricted free agent, who finished last season with 20 goals and 47 points in 82 games playing mostly on the team's second line.
  • Johansson Gets Assist As Caps Are Eliminated

    News: Marcus Johansson recorded an assist on Alex Ovechkin's goal in the Capitals' Game 7 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night.
    Analysis: Right-wing duties on the Capitals' top line next to Ovechkin and Niklas Backstrom have fallen to Joel Ward for much of the postseason, but Marcus Johansson received a trial there in Game 7 and was able to capitalize. It still seems rather unlikely that he'll open the 2015-16 season with a top-line role in tow, though Johansson should at least be a factor in the conversation after delivering career-best marks across the board during the past regular season. He finished with 20 goals, 27 assists, and a plus-6 rating while playing in all 82 games for the first time.
  • Caps' Johansson Helps Out In Game 5

    News: Marcus Johansson notched a pair of assists, a plus-2 rating and four hits in Thursday's Game 5 victory over the Islanders.
    Analysis: The points are his first of the series since a Game 1 goal. Marcus Johansson looks to be well over the lower-body injury that forced him to leave practice earlier this week.
  • Caps' Johansson (Lower Body)

    News: Head coach Barry Trotz said Marcus Johansson (lower body) is "good to go" and should be in the lineup for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
    Analysis: Marcus Johansson exited Monday's practice after he exacerbated an injury suffered during Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss in Game 3, but he was deemed fine after returning to the ice for a skate Tuesday morning. Look for him to slot in on the Capitals' second line.
  • Caps' Johansson (Upper Body) Exits Practice

    News: Marcus Johansson (upper body) left Monday's practice early and is questionable for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Islanders, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.
    Analysis: Marcus Johansson was nicked by an errant skate blade during Sunday's Game 3, and his exit from Monday's practice was related to that pre-existing injury. Already without the services of Eric Fehr (upper body), the Capitals can ill afford to lose another forward, particularly the versatile Johansson, who logs lots of minutes on their vaunted power play.