My wishlist for skaters is:
1) Backstrom - the best and most skilled centre by a margin imo. His presence would raise the 2nd line and give our team a really dangerous (and hopefully effective) 1-2 punch from 1st and 2nd lines.
2) Berglund - always raises his game for the national team. His points total is not so impressive but his physical presence and leadership are without question. Also he's allowed more space in the national team (remember that in STL the top scorers are 50 pointers, not 65+ which is more of the norm for other teams...).
3) M.Johansson - one of the most underestimated Swedes in the news today. He's on the first line in WSH and is playing really good using his speed and skill. He does PK, PP, has a high shooting percent and is very disciplined player with few misstakes.
4) Steen - great player and if we'd be having this conversation at about Christmas time this year I'd put him ahead of M.Johansson but I think it'll take him a bit longer to reach his earlier level of play.
5) Hornqvist - buh, I haven't watched him play this year so I can't really make any substantial arguments here...
How much Capitals hockey have you watched recently? I've watched every game that Backstrom and Ovechkin played this year, and it's my opinion that in the time that they played on the same line this season, Ovechkin's play was holding Backstrom back. In fact, I've actually wished that Backstrom had had a reliable linemate like the Sedins have.
In spite of this, Backstrom was either #7 or 8 place in NHL scoring at the time of his concussion. I didn't see anyone else in the top 15 who managed that without the help of a linemate also near the top. Ovechkin was only about #50 at the time Backstrom was injured. In fact, Backstrom was so far ahead in points that it took Ovechkin more than a month (16 games, I think) to catch up.
After watching the last two seasons, I believe that the two are moving in opposite directions. Ovechkin has been steadily regressing, while Backstrom is improving and has become the Capitals' most important player.
You have certainly watched more capital games this season than I have done (although I saw them live at home against Sharks last season), that is true. And I take your word on it that Bäckström might have been as good as you say. But stating that Bäckström is held back from winning trophies by his line is kind of a a bold thing don't you agree. Certainly when it is proved that the Sedins do not need each other to perform, in fact we have seen them both elevate when they play without the other.