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 Jakub Vrana was one of five forwards the Capitals selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. Vrana is a skilled forward who spent much of the 2013-14 playing in Sweden. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
After missing the playoffs in the 2013-14 season the Washington Capitals parted ways with head coach Adam Oates and general manager George McPhee. In his place, former assistant GM Brian McClellan stepped up to the podium at the 2014 NHL Draft.
Photo: Team USA forward and 2014 prospect Shane Gersich has committed to attend the University of North Dakota but may play for the USHL’s Omaha Lancers in 2014-15 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
After opening a 3-1 lead in the first period, Team USA cruised to their fifth gold medal in the past six years at the 2014 edition of the IIHF U18 World Championship. Forward Auston Matthews was the scoring hero for the U.S. as he scored two goals and added an assist in the win over the Czech Republic.