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.
Photo: Swedish forward Andre Burakovsky has been very good in his first season of North American hockey, posting 47 points in 31 games with the Erie Otters. (courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images)
The Washington Capitals have stockpiled a top-heavy group of prospects featuring forwards such as Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson, and Chandler Stephenson. On the blue line and in net, the cupboard is a bit drier, but there still are some promising young players like Philipp Grubauer and Madison Bowey.
Photo: Defenseman Madison Bowey has started the 2013-14 season strong, managing 13 points through 13 WHL games. Bowey was selected in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The Washington Capitals prospect pool contains plenty of depth and variety, with players of every make and model. The organization has also done a good job of staggering their talent across many competition levels and has several players at the minor-league level ready for a call-up to the NHL.
Photo: Selected 16th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft, forward Tom Wilson brings a blend of skill, size, and grit to the Capitals organization. (courtesy of Mark Goldman/Icon SMI)
The Washington Capitals have worked hard at retooling their system over the last several seasons and are starting to see the fruits of that labor, with a list of players of all shapes and sizes, from all leagues, and of all different styles.
Photo: Forward Tom Wilson was one of two selections the Washington Capitals made in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Washington Capitals had 14 drafted players appear on their NHL roster this season including eight former first round picks. They have had a knack for developing their high end prospects to be impact players on the team, but the prospect depth is not as deep as it was in previous years.