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
Photo: Vladimir Tarasenko was picked as Hockey's Future's 2012 prospect of the year for his stellar performance this season in the KHL and the U20 World Juniors. (Photo courtesy of Paul Hebert/Icon SMI)
For the fourth straight year Hockey's Future has named a Prospect of the Year. For the 2011-12 season the honors go to St. Louis Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko.