The junior prospects of the Washington Capitals have been all over the radar to start the 2014-15 season. With just seven names on the list for 2013-14, the ranks have thinned out quite a bit as former junior players Brian Pinho and Zach Sanford have headed to the NCAA to develop their games at the collegiate level. That leaves just five prospects at the junior/CHL level, with varying degrees of experience and success.
With opening night having come to pass, the Washington Captials can count two major prospects in the professional level now. Heavily-touted prospects Andre Burakovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov played for the Capitals on opening night of the 2014-15 season against the Montreal Canadiens, with Burakovsky picking up the Capitals first goal of the season.
Over the past few seasons, Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee has shown a tendency towards drafting European and college-bound prospects. As a result, the Capitals only have eight prospects competing in the junior ranks, three of which are developing in the USHL before making the jump to college hockey.
The Washington Capitals have stockpiled a top-heavy group of prospects featuring forwards such as Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson, and Chandler Stephenson. On the blue line and in net, the cupboard is a bit drier, but there still are some promising young players like Philipp Grubauer and Madison Bowey.