Photo: Chris Brown has been called up to the NHL twice since Washington acquired him from Arizona, scoring two goals and an assist in 11 combined games. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
Though the Washington Capitals have a plethora of prospects who should make an impact at some point in their career, their approach over the last few seasons has been consistent. They give their youngsters the opportunities they need to grow at the lower levels before promoting one or two to the lineup per year. Read more»
Photo: Rookie forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has managed to stay in the Washington Capitals’ lineup despite several prolonged offensive droughts. Kuznetsov was drafted by the Capitals in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Rob Carr/Getty Images)
For the last few years, the Washington Capitals have done a nice job of blending newer, younger talent in with their stalwarts. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom might still run the show, but John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, and Karl Alzner have acquitted themselves nicely.
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: Goaltender Marek Mazanec made his North American debut in 2013-14, earning 25 NHL starts due to injuries in Nashville as well as 31 starts in AHL Milwaukee (courtesy of Juan Salas/Icon SMI)
Spring 2014 brought about the end of the first phase in Nashville's hockey evolution. The always-appreciated Barry Trotz makes way for unceremoniously-dumped Peter Laviolette, a coach who will be expected to make even more of this always promising team.
Photo: Swedish defenseman Mattias Ekholm, a 2009 fourth-round selection, skated in his first full season of NHL hockey with Nashville in 2013-14 (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon SMI)
The Nashville Predators finished 2008-09 in a then-unfamiliar position: within sight of a playoff berth but nonetheless short of the mark.