Photo: Defenseman Nate Schmidt is one of several mobile defensemen in the Washington Capitals system. Schmidt was signed as a free agent in 2013. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
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.
Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Josh Archibald begins his pro career after a breakout season offensively with the University of Nebraska-Omaha (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
Before the St. John’s IceCaps knocked off the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in last year’s AHL Eastern Conference Final, the conference’s champion and representative in the Calder Cup Finals had come out of the East Division the last ten years. Read more»
Photo: Prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov is an early favorite to contend for the 2015 Calder trophy. Kuznetsov is an immensely skilled forward who was selected in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
While the Washington Capitals are in a transition period in many ways, with a new coach, a new general manager, and a new-look defense, they have a wealth of extremely talented players to pass the torch to in coming years.
Photo: Forward Evgeny Kuznetsov made his NHL debut on March 10th following the completion of his fifth season in the KHL. Kuznetsov was selected 26th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
The Washington Capitals made several trades to bolster their lineup for a late-season playoff push, but the most exciting addition to their lineup came in the form of top prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Photo: Defenseman Nate Schmidt is one of several promising defensive prospects the Washington Capitals have in their system. Schmidt signed with the Capitals in 2013, following his junior season at the University of Minnesota. (courtesy of Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)
The Washington Capitals' minor league pool is full of depth defensemen but lacks game-breaking talent. Among the large group, only Nate Schmidt and Connor Carrick look like legitimate top-four defensemen at the NHL level.