What a difference a year makes for several members of the Washington Capitals.

While Martin Erat, JACK HILLEN, Steve Oleksy and Mike Ribeiro are all making their Washington playoff debuts this spring, mainstays like John Erskine, MARCUS JOHANSSON and MATHIEU PERREAULT are making the most of increased opportunities in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Below is a look at where and how several Capitals performed a year ago, and how they’ve done so far in the 2013 NHL postseason.



John Erskine:

2012: After sitting as a healthy scratch for the final 27 games of the regular-season, Erskine appeared in just four games in the postseason.

Erskine played a total of 8:03 in a Game 1 loss against the Rangers in Round 2 and was then a healthy scratch for the remaining six games of the series.



2013: Erskine was in the Washington lineup for all 13 games in April, during which the team went 11-1-1 and clinched the Southeast Division title.