Photo: Sixth round pick Travis Boyd is the only of four 2011 NHL Draft selections to be signed by the Washington Capitals (courtesy Graig Abel/Getty images).
The 2011 NHL Draft was a forgettable one for the Washington Capitals.
Washington traded away its first round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Troy Brouwer and Chicago used that pick to select Philip Danault. That transaction left Washington with just four picks, all on the second day of the draft. Read more»
Photo: Vitek Vanecek enhanced his already considerable international resume when represented the Czech Republic at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships. (Courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
The Washington Capitals entered the 2014-15 season with a plethora of prospects at the collegiate level, while some of their high-end prospects are playing overseas in Europe. Read more»
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: University of Michigan forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect J.T. Compher was named Big Ten Rookie of the Year in 2013-14 after posting 31 points in 35 games (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)
For the 2014-15 season, Big Ten hockey features 44 NHL prospects. All six member teams have at least two prospects on their rosters. Minnesota leads both the Big Ten and the nation with 15 NHL prospects. Read more»
Photo: Forward Travis Boyd had a breakout junior season with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, managing nine goals and 23 assists through 41 games. Boyd was selected in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)
In recent years the Washington Capitals have shown a tendency of drafting college-bound players in the later rounds thanks to their ability to retain the rights of these prospects for longer than if they drafted a player out of Canadian major juniors.