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

Time to let Baumgartner go

by Jeff Charlesworth
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Unless you’ve been a Capitals fan for about five or six years, you would think that Nolan Baumgartner is just another minor league defenseman that never made it. To those following the Caps in 1994, Baumgartner was the potential cornerstone of our defense corps and future star. After four years of minor pro without breaking through to the NHL full-time, it seems that he won’t live up to the expectations heaped upon him. Since he is a Free Agent this off-season, it may be time to consider letting him leave to continue his career elsewhere.

Earlier this season, Washington GM George McPhee traded away Alexandre Volchkov and Jaroslav Svejkovsky – first round picks from 1996. Capitals fans were outraged, and they wondered how he could give up on two good, young players. Last month at the Entry Draft, McPhee dealt 1995 first-rounder Miika Elomo to Calgary. Although many fans were skeptical about the deal, they didn’t take it as hard as the previous trades. McPhee has been able to make those trades without losing face because it was David Poile who drafted those players and tabbed them as future stars. Now the time has come to part ways with Baumgartner, even though he was once seen as a “can’t miss” prospect.
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Scott Stevens trade revisited

by Jeff Charlesworth
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On July 13th 1990, Capitals GM David Poile decided not to match the St. Louis Blues’ Free Agent contract offer to defenseman Scott Stevens. As compensation for their loss, the Capitals received first-round picks in 1991 through 1995. The players selected by the Capitals were: Trevor Halverson, Sergei Gonchar, Brendan Witt, Nolan Baumgartner and Miika Elomo. Now, 10 years later (and with the benefit of hindsight), it is up to us to decide if Poile made the right move.

About a month ago, I wrote an article detailing the situation and the decision that David Poile made. I asked the readers of Hockey’s Future to write in and let their opinions be known on the subject. Well, the votes are in – and an overwhelming 75% of you said that you would not trade Stevens for the five players listed above.

A lot of Capitals fans think that this “trade” is a black mark on the organization. It seems that most of the public feels the same way. Here are some of the comments against letting Stevens go:

“I would not make the deal unless I was an expansion team looking for a bunch of young blue-liners.”

“When trading a player of Stevens’ calibre, you have to get more than what essentially is two NHL starters, Witt (solid, but unspectacular) and Gonchar (second tier defensive star).”

“Poile did well to get Baumer, Gonch and Witt, but with Stevens here, he wouldn’t have needed to make at least two of those picks (Witt and Baumer).”

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Washington Capitals Off-Season Preview

by Jeff Charlesworth
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The Capitals have already had a busy off-season, but the biggest moves are yet to come. Many of the changes so far have affected the minor league system, leaving the NHL roster intact. However, with six big-name Restricted Free Agents and the potential for some blockbuster trades very soon – the Caps could have a different look for 2000-01.

As with the rest of the league, the Capitals had to sign their 1998 draft picks by June 1st or lose the rights to them. George McPhee got things started early by signing collegiate defenseman Michael Farrell in March. Then, right at the deadline, the Caps came to terms with Krys Barch, Nathan Forster and Rastislav Stana. They are all expected to play minor pro next season, and the Caps have high hopes for all of them. This meant that the remaining 1998 draft picks: Goaltender Jomar Cruz, Forwards Blake Evans and Todd Hornung re-entered the 2000 draft. None of them were selected, and they will look for Free Agent deals during the summer.
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Washington Capitals 2000 Draft in Review

by Jeff Charlesworth
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The Washington Capitals surprised no one with the players they selected early on in the 2000 Entry Draft. The top three selections all came from the Western Hockey League, where the Caps have gone for several high picks before. The unexpected moves came when the Capitals made four trades involving nine draft picks and one player – 1995 first-rounder Miika Elomo. Elomo had survived Friday’s expansion draft and was expected to make the jump to the NHL next season.

In the first round (26th overall), they chose Brian Sutherby from Moose Jaw. He is a two-way center, and is very physical. The Caps needed more offensive forwards, but could not pass on Sutherby. He suffered a shoulder injury in November and missed some time. He plays a similar style to current Capital Jeff Halpern, but is a bit bigger.

With the first of their two second-round picks (43rd overall), the Capitals grabbed Matt Pettinger. He is a big winger who has some offensive ability. He left college mid-season to enter the WHL and scored seven goals in his first 12 games. He is the fourth member of the 1999-2000 Calgary Hitmen on the Capitals’ reserve list – joining Kris Beech, Rastislav Stana and
Stephen Peat.

The other second-round pick (61st overall) was used to select big defenseman Jakub Cutta from Swift Current. He is an stay-at-home defenseman but likes to carry the puck. He is originally from the Czech Republic, but has adjusted to the North American game very quickly.

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Capitals Look Back – Scott Stevens

by Jeff Charlesworth
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Watching Scott Stevens raise his second Stanley Cup in five years was extremely painful for long-time Capitals fans. They remember that ten years ago, the Caps let him walk to St. Louis in the first big name – and arguably the largest ever – NHL Free Agent signing. The decision to let Stevens go has been widely criticized, but the Capitals had their reasons at the time. With the power of hindsight, we can look back and try to determine if the Capitals made the right choice.

Scott was the Capitals first round pick in 1982, 5th overall. By that fall, he was already patrolling the blueline in DC and became a force to be reckoned with. In 1990, he was part of a solid Caps defence corps that also featured Rod Langway, Kevin Hatcher and Calle Johansson. Although he was only 26 years old, Scott was an 8-year NHL veteran and 2-time All-Star. The Blues offered to pay him what was considered an obscene amount at that time: $5.1 million over 4 years. In comparison, eight days earlier in Major League Baseball, Jose Canseco and the Oakland Athletics agreed to a 5 year contract worth $23.5 million.
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