The top 10 Capitals prospects
Top 10 Capitals prospects
What does the future of the Caps look like? Here are the top 10 prospects in the Caps' system ranked every week
1. Ilya Samsonov, 21, Goalie, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)
With his KHL contract set to expire at the end of this season, Ilya Samsonov is expected to make the jump to North America for 2018-19. Whether he starts next season in Washington or Hershey remains to be seen, but he is believed to be the Caps' future in net.
2. Lucas Johansen, 20, Defenseman, Hershey (AHL)
Lucas Johansen possesses the type of mobility and speed teams crave in today’s NHL and projects to be a top-four, two-way defenseman. Right now his biggest obstacle is adjusting to the speed of the game in terms of his decision making.
3. Jonas Siegenthaler, 20, Defenseman, Hershey (AHL)
Jonas Siegenthaler is a Brooks Orpik type of defensive defenseman, but with more mobility. He has good size and uses it well in his own end. While in Hershey, he is working on developing into more of a two-way player.
4. Connor Hobbs, 21, Defenseman, Hershey (AHL)
What sets Connor Hobbs apart is his shot which Caps assistant general manager Ross Mahoney described as “special.” This is a player the Caps envision one day playing the point on the power play. Frequent injuries in his first year in Hershey, however, may be a cause for concern.
5. Garrett Pilon, 19, Forward, Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Garrett Pilon is averaging over a point per game this season in the WHL.
6. Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, 20, Forward, Djurgardens IF (SHL)
Axel Jonsson-Fjallby showed at the World Junior Championship that he has NHL speed and great forechecking ability as he helped lead Sweden to a silver medal. He has a bright NHL future as a dangerous bottom-six energy guy and penalty killer.
7. Shane Gersich, 21, Forward, North Dakota (NCAA)
Vancouver rookie phenom Brock Boeser was teammates with Shane Gersich in North Dakota. Last season at North Dakota, Boeser had 16 goals and 34 points. Gersich outscored him with 21 goals and 37 points.
8. Beck Malenstyn, 20, Forward, Swift Current (WHL)
Despite being limited by an injury this season, Malenstyn was still thought of highly enough that a contender in Swift Current was willing to trade for him for a playoff run.
9. Brian Pinho, 22, Forward, Providence (NCAA)
Brian Pinho is turning heads at Providence this season. His value is not just based on what he brings on the ice, but in his leadership as well. He is the only Caps' college prospect to reach the 2018 NCAA tournament..
10. Tobias Geisser, 19, Defenseman, EV Zug (NLA)
A two-way player the Caps believe could potentially develop into a top-four, though most would project him more as a third-pairing defenseman.