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. Liam O'Brien Pro 6.5 B
3. Stanislav Galiev Pro 6.5 F
4. Chris Brown Pro 6.0 B
5. Zach Sanford Junior 6.0 C
6. 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 own top-heavy prospect pool

by Chris Roberts
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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

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Capitals own diverse mix of prospects in NCAA and European ranks

by Patrick Harbolick
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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.

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Capitals Camp Full of Stories

by Jeff Charlesworth
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Training camp is less than a week old, and there has already been enough turmoil to last an entire season. It is difficult to keep track of all the storylines, and depending on how some of those scenarios play out – the opening day lineup could end up looking very different than the one we anticipate right now.

The most surprising move came after the first practice of camp. Free Agent acquisition Stephane Richer decided he didn’t have it in him to compete in another season, and announced his retirement. He had been brought in from St. Louis to boost our mediocre power play. The move came as a shock to players and fans alike; partly because of the unexpected nature of it, but mostly due to the timing.

Around the same time as the Richer announcement, defenseman Brendan Witt stated that he too was considering retirement. He is unhappy about the contract he received as a result of his arbitration loss during the off-season. Although he seems quite serious about this stance, it is hoped that he will eventually return to the lineup. It is also believed that George McPhee has no interset in renegotiating the pact, and expects Brendan to be in the lineup opening day.
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Caps Open Camp

by Jeff Charlesworth
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The moment Caps fans have been waiting for came on Friday, when training camp began for real. This is expected to be another banner season for Washington, as nothing less than a repeat of the Division Championship will do. Although the fight for spots in the lineup will be tough, the most difficult job belongs to Head Coach Ron Wilson. It is his task to pare down the roster to 23 players for opening day.

There are 27 players in camp who took part in an NHL game last seaon. Also in the hunt are several young players looking to establish themselves. 1999 first round selection Kris Beech is being projected as a future star and will be given every chance to make the team. 2000 draftee Bjorn Nord also hopes to be around in October – as he is in an all-or-nothing situation. If he does not stick with the Caps, he will return home to Sweden.

There are two players in camp on a tryout basis – Forward Greg Davis and Goaltender Tim Barlow. Davis is a big centre who will be entering his sophomore year at McGill University in Canada. He is a very talented offensive player, and scored 42 points in 38 games last season. Barlow is a former teammate of Rastislav Stana in Moose Jaw (WHL). He inherited the starting job with the Warriors after Stana was dealt to Calgary.
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Portland Pirates Preview

by Jeff Charlesworth
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The Portland Pirates will start their season in about a month’s time with more than half of last year’s roster intact. This will be a very different team however, as they will no longer have superstar goaltender Martin Brochu leading them into battle. Brochu signed with Calgary recently in an attempt to get to the NHL quicker.

The 2000-01 edition of the Pirates will have an overhauled defense corps, and should have a more potent offense. They will be counting on at least four rookies and four veteran additions to get them back to the form that had them first overall for an extended stretch last year.

Trying to predict a lineup before training camp begins is very difficult, as anything can and will happen before opening night. Using the entire organizational roster as a starting point, I have constructed what I think think the Pirates roster will look like.

The top line will consist of centre Jeff Nelson between wingers Mike Peluso and Matt Pettinger. Nelson is an offensive force for the Pirates and is a veteran leader among the forwards. Peluso has proved time and time again that he is top-line material and should once again be among the Pirates’ top scorers. Pettinger is a rookie, and would not normally be considered for the top line. However, the Pirates lost their top three left wingers in the off-season (Elomo, Moore, Toms) and are very thin at that position.
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