His reasoning is such:
The track the Capitals are on is similar to the one taken by the champion Penguins. Washington, however, is maybe a year behind the Penguins’ progression so next season could be something very special for the Capitals. Washington took a big step last season in learning how to win in the playoffs. That puts the Capitals in terrific position to capture the Stanley Cup next season.
The Capitals have a great core in Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin, and Mike Green, and they witnessed the emergence of Simeon Varlamov in the playoffs.
Of course, all these early opinions should be taken with a grain of salt, as Barry Melrose's prediction the Caps would win the East this spring went by the wayside.
However, if the Caps are able to upgrade their roster over the summer, they certainly are in a good position to make a serious challenge to wrest the Cup from the Penguins.
In case you're interested, the Caps are about 10-1 odds in Vegas to capture next season's title, behind the betting favorite Red Wings, Penguins and Sharks.
(H/T Nate Ewell and Storming the Crease)