Photo: Prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov is an early favorite to contend for the 2015 Calder trophy. Kuznetsov is an immensely skilled forward who was selected in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
While the Washington Capitals are in a transition period in many ways, with a new coach, a new general manager, and a new-look defense, they have a wealth of extremely talented players to pass the torch to in coming years.
Photo: Forward Jakub Vrana was one of five forwards the Capitals selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. Vrana is a skilled forward who spent much of the 2013-14 playing in Sweden. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
After missing the playoffs in the 2013-14 season the Washington Capitals parted ways with head coach Adam Oates and general manager George McPhee. In his place, former assistant GM Brian McClellan stepped up to the podium at the 2014 NHL Draft.
Photo: The Calgary Flames selection of Charlottetown Islanders goaltender Mason McDonald at the 2014 NHL Draft began a run that ended with 21 goaltenders being chosen in this draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
There was a bit of a mild surprise on Friday night when Boston College goalie Thatcher Demko and the other top rated goaltenders went unselected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
Photo: The Buffalo Sabres added to their already deep draft pool with nine selections at the 2014 NHL Draft, including first round pick Sam Reinhart (L) and second round selection Brandon Lemieux (R) (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The NHL's Western Conference currently has the bragging rights to league supremacy as a a result of the Los Angeles Kings five-game Stanley Cup final win over the New York Rangers. While the results from the 2014 NHL Draft may not alter the current lock the West has on the NHL's most prized trophy, at least one team in the Eastern Conference might be offering a ray of hope for the future.
Photo: Forward Andre Burakovsky had a strong first season in the OHL, posting 41 goals and 46 assists in 57 games. Burakovsky was selected 23rd overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Washington Capitals enter the 2014 NHL Draft under new leadership, following the firing of longtime general manager George McPhee. Brian MacLellan, McPhee's assistant, was promoted to the GM position.