Photo: Selected 16th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft, forward Tom Wilson brings a blend of skill, size, and grit to the Capitals organization. (courtesy of Mark Goldman/Icon SMI)
The Washington Capitals have worked hard at retooling their system over the last several seasons and are starting to see the fruits of that labor, with a list of players of all shapes and sizes, from all leagues, and of all different styles.
Photo: Selected 23rd overall, forward Andre Burakovsky was the first pick by the Washington Capitals in the 2013 Entry Draft. (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
The Washington Capitals came into the 2013 NHL Draft with eight picks. There was speculation that the Capitals could trade their first round pick at number 23 in order to either move up or move down. As it turns out, both options were considered.
Photo: Forward Tom Wilson was one of two selections the Washington Capitals made in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Washington Capitals had 14 drafted players appear on their NHL roster this season including eight former first round picks. They have had a knack for developing their high end prospects to be impact players on the team, but the prospect depth is not as deep as it was in previous years.
Photo: Forward Tom Wilson had a breakout year in the OHL, managing 23 goals, 35 assists, and 104 penalty minutes through 48 games. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Washington Capitals spring top 20 has a much different look than the fall edition. Braden Holtby graduated and Filip Forsberg (NAS), Zach Hamill (BOS), and Kevin Marshall (TOR) have been traded. Riley Barber had a breakout season and debuts in the top 10, while Michael Latta, Casey Wellman, Nicolas Deschamps, and Chay Genoway all were acquired via trade. Recent free agent signing from the University of Minnesota, Nate Schmidt, joins the list and is among the Capitals top prospects.
Photo: Forward Yevgeni Kuznetsov is widely considered to be the top young hockey player not playing in North America. Kuznetsov is currently playing for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL. (courtesy of Yury Kuzmin/KHL Photo Agency via Getty Images)
With every regular season in hockey finished, it is once again time to select the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Year. Though there were many fantastic performances outside of the NHL, none were quite as good as Yevgeni Kuznetsov (WAS), who this season further cemented himself as the best hockey player not currently in North America.