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)
Ilya Samsonov's KHL season is over. Now all eyes are on him waiting to see what he will do once his KHL contract officially expires. 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. 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. He is also showing flashes of offensive brilliance in the SHL playoffs.
5. 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.
6. Shane Gersich, 21, Forward, North Dakota (NCAA)
Gersich may not be on this list for much longer if he keeps playing the way he did in his NHL debut. He is making a legitimate case to get into the Caps' lineup in the playoffs.
7. Garrett Pilon, 19, Forward, Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Garrett Pilon is averaged over a point per game this season in the WHL and has been a dynamic offensive threat in the playoffs.
8. Brian Pinho, 22, Forward, Providence (NCAA)
The Caps aovided losing Brian Pinho to free agency by signing him to an entry-level deal soon after his college career at Providence ended. He has proven himself to be a dependable two-way forward in college.
9. Tobias Geisser, 19, Defenseman, EV Zug (NLA)
A two-way defenseman the Caps believe could potentially develop into a top-four, though most would project him more as a third-pairing player.
10. 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.