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, 20, Goalie, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)
On the final year of his contract in the KHL, every indication is that Ilya Samsonov will be in North America next season. Will he be starting in Hershey or backing up Braden Holtby in Washington?
2. Lucas Johansen, 20, Defenseman, Hershey (AHL)
Lucas Johansen has looked right at home in his first season as a pro. He has shown good instincts on both ends of the ice, but he needs to work on defending against the rush.
3. Travis Boyd, 24, Forward, Hershey (AHL)
WIth Chris Bourque headed to the Olympics, Hershey will lean heavily on Travis Boyd to carry the offensive load.
4. Jonas Siegenthaler, 20, Defenseman, Hershey (AHL)
Jonas Siegenthaler made the move to Hershey this year for his first full season of North American hockey. He has shown good size and mobility and could get a serious look at the Caps' lineup next season.
5. Connor Hobbs, 21, Defenseman, Hershey (AHL)
A fractured wrist has limited Connor Hobbs in his first pro season, but the potential is certainly there. He opened a lot of eyes while playing for Regina in the WHL with his penchant for scoring from the blue line.
6. Riley Barber, 23, Forward, Hershey (AHL)
Riley Barber is tied with Chris Bourque for the team lead in goals this season with 12.
7. Shane Gersich, 21, Forward, North Dakota (NCAA)
Shane Gersich has not had the same success he had in last year's breakout season in which he scored 21 goals and 37 points in 40 games. Through 24 games, he has 16 points, good for third on the team.
8. Brian Pinho, 22, Forward, Providence (NCAA)
Brian Pinho is starting to heat up with 10 points in his last six games.
9. Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, 19, 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.
10. Colby Williams, 22, Defenseman, Hershey (AHL)
Colby Williams caught headlines for the wrong reason with a high-hit that earned him a three-game suspension. Don't let that cloud the fact that he may be the best skater in the organization at any level.