Photo: Boston College Eagle and Washington Capitals prospect Zach Sanford had a breakout season in 2015-16 with 39 points in 41 games. (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)
It’s the most important position on the ice and the Washington Capitals have invested heavily in goalies amongst their Top 20 prospects. Washington has a trio of goalies in the Top 20 including two in the top 10, while you can’t forget the franchise goalie Braden Holtby is only 26.
Washington also has a good collection of puck-moving defenseman, while there are a couple intriguing prospects and projects at other positions.
Photo: Notre Dame forward and Washington Capitals prospect Thomas Di Pauli was a greatly improved player in his final two seasons of collegiate hockey with the Fighting Irish (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
Looking at both sides of the pond, the Washington Capitals had long-term projects playing in the NCAA ranks and Europe this past season.
In college Washington a group of forwards that all matured more this season and one prospect who won a national title. In Europe, Washington watched as a group of teenagers started to step up against adult competition, including top-ranked prospect and 19 year old goalie Ilya Samsonov in the KHL.
Photo: The University of North Dakota strikes the traditional championship pose after defeating Quinnipiac University by a 5-1 score in the title game of the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)
The University of North Dakota claimed their eighth NCAA National Championship and first since 2000 with a convincing 5-1 win over Quinnipiac University on Saturday night in the title game of the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four. Read more»
Photo: University of North Dakota players Shane Gersich (#19), Cam Johnson (#33), and Troy Stecher (#2) celebrate their semi-final win over the University of Denver at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four (courtesy of Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)
Part of any successful team is good player depth. Not everyone is the center of attention, but everyone needs to contribute in order for the team to be successful.
For the University of North Dakota, freshman Shane Gersich has been one of the players that have fit the bill perfectly this season. Read more»
Photo: Chris Brown has been called up to the NHL twice since Washington acquired him from Arizona, scoring two goals and an assist in 11 combined games. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
Though the Washington Capitals have a plethora of prospects who should make an impact at some point in their career, their approach over the last few seasons has been consistent. They give their youngsters the opportunities they need to grow at the lower levels before promoting one or two to the lineup per year. Read more»