Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Surplus of role players
  • Talented depth in goal
  • Several prospects with high-end potential
Weaknesses
  • Thin on defense and left wing
  • Shallow pool in terms of overall NHL potential.

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Vitek Vanecek Europe 8.0 D
2. Philipp Grubauer Pro 7.0 D
3. Pheonix Copley Pro 6.5 D
4. Ed Pasquale Pro 6.0 C
5. Brandon Anderson Pro 5.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jakub Vrana Europe 8.0 D
2. Riley Barber NCAA 7.0 C
3. Austin Wuthrich NCAA 6.5 D
4. Garrett Mitchell Pro 6.0 C
5. Kevin Elgestal Europe 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Andre Burakovsky Pro 8.0 C
2. Stanislav Galiev Pro 6.5 F
3. Chris Brown Pro 6.0 B
4. Zach Sanford Junior 6.0 C
5. Nathan Walker Pro 6.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Evgeny Kuznetsov Pro 8.5 C
2. Chandler Stephenson Pro 7.0 D
3. Thomas Di Pauli NCAA 6.5 D
4. Caleb Herbert Pro 6.5 D
5. Brian Pinho Junior 6.5 D
6. Shane Gersich Junior 6.5 D
7. Steven Spinner Junior 6.5 D
8. Michael Latta Pro 6.0 B
9. Travis Boyd NCAA 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Madison Bowey CHL 8.0 C
2. Connor Carrick Pro 7.0 C
3. Nate Schmidt Pro 7.0 D
4. Christian Djoos Europe 6.5 C
5. Patrick Wey Pro 6.5 C
6. Tyler Lewington CHL 6.5 C
7. Cameron Schilling Pro 6.5 D
8. Blake Heinrich Junior 6.0 C
9. Garrett Haar Pro 6.0 D
10. Patrick Koudys NCAA 5.5 C

Washington Capitals: 2005

by Jeff Charlesworth
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If you’re anything like me, you’ve been waiting for a Capitals youth movement for years. Caps management constantly bring in veterans instead of promoting some of the deserving youngsters in the minor leagues. Since you’re reading this on a site called Hockey’s Future, I can pretty much assume you feel the same way.

It will probably be a few years before we see our current group of prospects in the NHL. The veterans would leave gradually, with one or two young replacements per season. So let’s fast forward to 2005 to see what the lineup could look like, if we went with a group of players that would even be considered young five years from now.

The first thing to do is eliminate any player who will be 30 years of age or older on Opening Day 2000. The biggest names from that group of players are: Adam Oates, Peter Bondra, Calle Johansson and Vezina Trophy winner Olaf Kolzig. They would all be at least 35 years old by 2005, and would not fit in with the youth movement. Next, we have to determine what other players won’t be around five years from now. For various reasons, I decided to exclude Glen Metropolit, Andrei Nikolishin, Chris Simon and Ken Klee. They would all be over 30 by then, and I figured that they would be traded or leave via Free Agency before 2005.
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Washington prospects head to summer camp

by Jeff Charlesworth
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Even though it’s the middle of summer, Washington’s prospects have already started the new season. From July 17th to 28th, the Caps held a summer mini-camp to help their young players get ready for training camp. Nineteen top prospects gathered at Piney Orchard Ice Rink in Odenton, Maryland to practice under the guidance of the NHL coaching staff.

More important than impressing the management, was the chance to learn several new techniques and skills. Nutritional counselling, boxing and jujitsu were on the schedule for the two week camp. It was all about making the players into more complete athletes and getting them better prepared for the long season. The boxing and jujitsu were not introduced to teach fighting skills, but to improve conditioning, balance and on-ice awareness.

Last year’s camp was the launching pad for Jeff Halpern’s sensational rookie season, and this time around it was Alexei Tezikov and Kris Beech who are looking to get a head start. A sprained ankle kept Beech out of the first week of camp, which consisted of daily workouts with Strength and Conditioning Coach Frank Costello. However, once the skating portion started, Beech was ready to go. Halpern himself opted to take part in the camp as well – as he couldn’t wait to begin the season.
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Capitals name new ECHL affiliate

by Jeff Charlesworth
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The Washington Capitals announced their new East Coast Hockey League affiliate today – the Richmond Renegades. This move was necessary after the Caps’ former ECHL team, the Hampton Roads Admirals, moved to the AHL and signed a developmental agreement with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Renegades were recently sold to a group called the Richmond Sports Partners, that included local investors as well as the Capitals and San Jose Sharks. Richmond was without an affiliation last season, but previously worked with San Jose, Carolina and the Islanders.

The Capitals organization will send up to five players to Richmond during the season for additional development. Some of the players that may spend time there are Goaltender Rastislav Stana and Defensemen Gerad Adams, Nathan Forster and Mike Siklenka.

This move also allows the Capitals management to keep a closer watch on their prospects, as Richmond is only 98 miles away from DC – 45 miles closer than the Admirals were. The Renegades will be led by Head Coach Mark Kaufman and his assistant – former Capital Rod Langway.

Also announced was an exhibition game to be played at the 11,088 seat Richmond Coliseum. The Capitals will be at the Freezer on Saturday September 23rd to take on the New York Islanders.

Prospect Profile: Alexei Tezikov

by Jeff Charlesworth
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Although Washington seems intent on icing a veteran lineup in 2000-01, there is a possibility that some rookies will be given the chance to earn a spot on the roster. Some of the names mentioned include: 1999 first-rounder Kris Beech, newly-acquired defensemen Stephen Peat and Remi Royer and 28-year old Swedish blueliner Bjorn Nord. However, the prospect with the best shot at sticking with the Capitals is Alexei Tezikov.

Tezikov was acquired at the trading deadline in March 1999 from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Joe Juneau and a switch of draft picks. The Sabres were looking to bolster their team for a run at the Stanley Cup, and figured Juneau was the missing piece. The Caps insisted on including Tezikov in the deal, as Chief Scout Ross Mahoney remembered Alexei from his days on the Buffalo scouting staff. The story of Alexei’s journey from talented nobody to the next big thing for the Capitals involves a lot of moves in a very short time.

Even though Alexei had been named the Russian Junior League’s best defenseman twice, he was not rated by Central Scouting Bureau in his draft year of 1996. The Sabres were impressed enough to select him in the 5th round (115th overall). The following season, he decided to stay in Russia and played for both Nizhny Novgorod and his hometown team of Lada Togliatti.
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Capitals trade Baumgartner for Royer

by Jeff Charlesworth
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It was bound to happen eventually. Former first round pick Nolan Baumgartner just wasn’t a part of the Capitals future anymore. After Nolan’s contract expired at the end of the season, there didn’t seem to be much reason to re-sign him.

Capitals’ GM George McPhee traded Baumgartner to the Blackhawks for defenseman Remi Royer in an exchange of headaches. Chicago fans had made Royer a target after watching him make several mistakes in his brief NHL stint in 1998. Both these players seem to hold a wealth of potential, but neither has put it together enough to secure a job in the big leagues.

The Capitals have made it their mission to acquire more toughness this off-season. They started by trading for defenseman Stephen Peat, and drafted Ryan VanBuskirk a month later. Two weeks ago, they brought back a familiar face by signing Free Agent Craig Berube. Now, with this deal for Royer, the Caps are certainly a tougher team – but it remains to be seen if they are better.

The Capitals main problem now seems to be an abundance of defenseman. They currently have 15 blueliners under contract, and two more ready to turn pro, in Bjorn Nord and Ryan VanBuskirk. Added to that are their three Restricted Free Agents: Sergei Gonchar, Ken Klee and Brendan Witt. With NHL teams carrying seven defensemen and AHL teams employing eight, the Caps have to find a place for the five extra defensemen to play.
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