Throughout the coming weeks, CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2014-15 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every day in alphabetical order. Today: Marcus Johansson
Position: Left Wing
Age: 24 [turns 25 Oct. 6]
Ht/Wt: 6-1, 207
Penalty minutes: 10
Average Ice Time: 16:28
Playoff games: 14
Penalty minutes: 2
Average Ice Time: 17:38
Contract Status: RFA [2014-15 salary: $2.175 million; cap hit: $2 million]
Strengths: Although he came into the NHL as a center, Johansson has spent his past three seasons with the Caps playing left and right wing. This season he spent the majority of the season [roughly 316 minutes] on the left side with center Evgeny Kuznetsov and right wing Troy Brouwer, but also spent significant time [roughly 196 minutes] on the right side with center Nicklas Backstrom and left wing Alex Ovechkin. With encouragement from Barry Trotz, Johansson increased his shot total from 107 last season to 138 this season and saw his goal totals jump from 8 to 20. Johansson also scored 17 even-strength goals, compared to just two last season and improved his plus-minus from minus-21 to plus-6 . And he did all of this while averaging 64 fewer seconds of ice time per game. Much of that ice time came on the power play [239:40], where Johansson finished fourth on the club in ice time behind Ovechkin, Backstrom and Brouwer, and fourth in power-play assists  behind Backstrom , Mike Green  and John Carlson .
Room for improvement: Johansson possesses the kind of speed, quickness and defensive awareness that coaches love in their lineup, but he still lacks the physicality and consistency that is needed in the post-season. After netting a goal on his first shot in the Caps’ playoff opener against the Islanders, Johansson was stopped 17 straight times by Jaro Halak and Henrik Lundqvist and again left Caps fans and management wanting more from him.
Memorable Moment: Even with his spike in goal scoring, Johansson's greatest strength is his passing ability and in Game 7 against the Rangers Johansson made a subtle yet beautiful feed to Alex Ovechkin to give the Caps an early 1-0 lead. After a faceoff win by Backstrom, Johansson peeked over his left shoulder and found Ovechkin with a head of steam in the high slot. He flicked a backhand pass onto the tape of Ovechkin, who beat Lundqvist off the top of his glove for a 1-0 lead. It was Johansson’s third assist of the playoffs but it also proved to be the Caps’ last offensive output of the season.
Quotable: “I really felt and really thought we were going all the way this year. We were doing all the right things and we were tough to beat. If we keep building on that and keep improving on that part of our game, where we’re tough to play against and tough to beat, it’s not going to take long until we get the Cup to Washington.” – Johansson on breakup day
2015-16 Expectations: This will be an interesting summer for the Caps and Johansson. After the season, Caps general manager Brian MacLellan said he wants to bring Johansson back next season, adding, “He’s still developing. We think we can get more out of him going forward.” At 24, Johansson still has three seasons of restricted free agency, so the Caps could try to keep him at a reasonable cap hit with a two-year contract offer. If that happens, don’t be surprised if an arbitrator has to come in to establish Johansson’s worth. It will also be interesting to see if Johansson is offered to other NHL teams in the Caps’ search for a top-line right wing.