Photo: Braden Holtby had a strong post-season with the Capitals, allowing only 1.95 goals per game. Holtby will be expected to compete for a starting job in 2012-13. (Photo courtesy of
Mark Goldman/Icon SMI)
Despite having a couple prospects who could become key players for the team in the future, the Washington Capitals prospect pool thins out pretty quickly. Evgeny Kuznetsov has first-line potential, while Braden Holtby has shown throughout this year's playoffs that he could become an elite-level goaltender. Yet, the bottom half of the Capitals top-20 is populated with players unlikely to ever make an impact at the NHL level.
1. (1) Yevgeni Kuznetsov, RW 8C
Drafted 1st Round, 26th overall, 2010
Photo: Pittsburgh native Patrick Wey has gradually turned into a solid two-way defenseman in his three years with the Boston College Eagles. (Photo courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
The Washington Capitals have an intriguing mix of prospects currently playing in Europe and at the NCAA level. They have some highly-touted prospects in Yevgeni Kuznetsov and Patrick Wey, impressive youngsters like Caleb Herbert and Travis Boyd, and more veteran role players like Mattias Sjogren. Most of them are still a few years away from joining the professional ranks, either with the Capitals or the Hershey Bears.