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

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. Ilya Samsonov Europe 8.0 C
2. Vitek Vanecek Pro 7.5 D
3. Philipp Grubauer Pro 7.0 D
4. Adam Carlson Pro 6.0 D

Right Wing

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

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Liam O'Brien Pro 6.5 B
2. Stanislav Galiev Pro 6.5 D
3. Zach Sanford NCAA 6.5 D
4. Nathan Walker Pro 6.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Chandler Stephenson Pro 6.5 D
2. Thomas Di Pauli NCAA 6.5 D
3. Brian Pinho NCAA 6.5 D
4. Shane Gersich NCAA 6.5 D
5. Steven Spinner NCAA 6.5 D
6. Travis Boyd Pro 6.0 C
7. Caleb Herbert Pro 6.0 D
8. Tim McGauley CHL 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Madison Bowey Pro 8.0 C
2. Jonas Siegenthaler Europe 7.0 C
3. Christian Djoos Pro 6.5 C
4. Tyler Lewington Pro 6.5 C
5. Connor Hobbs CHL 6.0 D
6. Colby Williams CHL 6.0 D

Caps trade for Alexei Tezikov and sign college prospects

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Washington traded veterans Joe Juneau, Tom Chorske, Dale Hunter and Craig Berube and the only body they received back was highly touted Sabres prospect Alexei Tezikov. These trades opens up four roster spots which the Caps filled by recalling forwards Matt Herr, Benoit Gratton, Trevor Halverson, and defenseman Steve Poapst. All four had spent various time split between the Portland Pirates and the Caps this season.

On March 28, Washington also called up defensemen Patrick Bolieau from Indianapolis of the IHL. All five call up have been playing since they were brought up so the Caps are now a much younger a very inexperience hockey team.

Tezikov was assigned to Cincinnati of the IHL. Not clear why they would send him to the I instead of the Portland (AHL), though maybe the presence of the heavy number of Chicago prospects in Portland may have played a part in the decision.

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In other Caps news; Washington announced they have signed defenseman Dean Stork. Dean played this past year at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. A junior who recently completed his third collegiate season, helping the team to a 12-21-2 overall record.
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State of the Capitals prospects

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For those who continue to believe that the Washington Capitals still have one of the best groups of prospects in all of hockey, I would suggest you take a another look. The continual injury crisis in Washington has slowly and steadily drained much of Washington’s youth, rushing many of them into the NHL. Now, if you choose to include players like Jan Bulis, Jaroslav Svejkowski , Richard Zednik and Brendan Witt as prospects, there is little doubt that the Capitals are still powerful. However, in all fairness, all four of those players have shown they do belong in the NHL and they can no longer truly be considered prospects. The current state of looks rather bleak mainly because Washington has had two sub par drafts in a row and much of their current talent pool appears to be more career minor leaguers than NHL. If I was to honestly rank the Capitals I would have to place them somewhere between 8 and 14.

Examining the players currently within the system, the Capitals do show some balance. They appear to have at least one fairly strong prospect at every position but beyond that it looks thin. The center position appears to be Washington’s strongest area though the team seems to be fairly deep on defense as well. If a few of the goalies can regain their previous forms, the Caps seem set at that position as well for years to come.

Let’s take a look at what is left in Washington’s system position by position.

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Rookie Richard Zednik puts on a show

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Despite the Capitals’ mediocre record of 2-6-2 through the past ten games, the rookies have been putting on a show, particularly Richard Zednik. After a few years of being shuttled back and forth between Washington and Portland of the AHL, the young Slovak has earned a regular spot with the Caps alongside fellow rookie Jan Bulis. A sparkplug catalyst, Zednik provides the Caps with a jump start when they’re behind and his refreshing enthusiasm reinstates the meaning of the word ‘game’.

The Capitals are know as a gritty club that is strong defensively and high in character. All signs point to Richard Zednik being a prototypical Cap. The left winger reminds some of a bigger(though not much at 5-10, 176) Theo Fleury in the feisty way he scraps and instigates his fair share of penalties. Zednik is small by NHL standards but strong as an ox and extremely well-conditioned. He spends much of his time digging for the puck in the corners and trenches, as well as setting up a screen for loose rebounds in the slot. Richard seems to be made of rubber in that every time he’s checked, he bounces right back up. He also has no qualms in taking on the biggest, baddest boys in the NHL, throwing his smallish frame around much the way Sabres’ Mike Peca does.
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Capitals’ Training Camp notes

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A unanimous sigh of relief is coming from Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton, Maryland, the site of the Washington Capitals’ 1997 training camp. No injuries. Yet. Any hockey fan with a decent memory knows the significance of those three words. Injuries last year, a matter of nearly 370 man-games lost, played a key role in ending the Caps’ 14 straight playoff appearance record. This year management started with a clean slate, literally, and a positive outlook going into camp; they’ve been riding high on that attitude because everyone is staying injury-free. Besides that, rookies and veterans alike have all been giving a 110 per cent and the Capitals should be able to put together an impressive squad this year that will give any team run for their money.

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