Photo: Boston College Eagle and Washington Capitals prospect Zach Sanford had a breakout season in 2015-16 with 39 points in 41 games. (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)
It’s the most important position on the ice and the Washington Capitals have invested heavily in goalies amongst their Top 20 prospects. Washington has a trio of goalies in the Top 20 including two in the top 10, while you can’t forget the franchise goalie Braden Holtby is only 26.
Washington also has a good collection of puck-moving defenseman, while there are a couple intriguing prospects and projects at other positions.
Photo: Notre Dame forward and Washington Capitals prospect Thomas Di Pauli was a greatly improved player in his final two seasons of collegiate hockey with the Fighting Irish (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
Looking at both sides of the pond, the Washington Capitals had long-term projects playing in the NCAA ranks and Europe this past season.
In college Washington a group of forwards that all matured more this season and one prospect who won a national title. In Europe, Washington watched as a group of teenagers started to step up against adult competition, including top-ranked prospect and 19 year old goalie Ilya Samsonov in the KHL.
Photo: Team Switzerland players Julien Privet, Dario Meyer and Marco Forrer celebrate a goal early in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, but the team had little to celebrate overall aside from avoiding relegation (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)
For Team Switzerland, much about the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship makes it a tournament to forget. After a disappointing 2015 tournament, which culminated in a quick dismantling of Team Germany in the relegation round in order to remain in the world’s top class, Switzerland headed into this tournament with a world of possibilities, throwing together a roster featuring a good handful of NHL Draft picks and several lines worth of players already playing pro in Switzerland. Read more»
Photo: Michael Spacek has 40 points (13 goals, 27 assists) during his first season overseas with the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Welcome to the January 2016 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or falling behind. Read more»
Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Timo Meier brings a wealth of international experience to the Team Switzerland squad competing at the 2016 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
After failing to secure a spot in the quarterfinals by losing the decisive game against Denmark at last year’s World Junior Championship, Switzerland is trying to avoid adversity this year by catching a spot in the medal round for only the third time in the last seven years. Read more»