The top 10 Capitals prospects
Top 10 Capitals prospects
What does the future of the Caps look like? Here's a look at the team's top 10 prospects after development camp.
1. Ilya Samsonov, 21, Goalie, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)
The Russian netminder was by far the best player on the ice at development camp. With a contract in hand, he looks headed for Hershey in his first North American season.
2. Shane Gersich, 21, Forward, Washington (NHL)
The Capitals didn't dress Gersich for two playoff games because it was a cool story. He showed he had the skill to at least compete at the highest level. His confidence was sky-high at development camp and he looked like the best forward on the ice.
3. Lucas Johansen, 20, Defenseman, Hershey (AHL)
Johansen had a tough camp as a minor lower-body issue held him out of the final three days. The skill is there, however, and he is up to 189 pounds so there is less worry over his size.
4. Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, 20, Forward, Djurgardens IF (SHL)
After breakout performances in both the World Junior Championship and the SHL playoffs, Jonsson-Fjallby came into camp as a player to watch and he lived up to expectations. His speed is already at an NHL level.
5. Jonas Siegenthaler, 21, Defenseman, Hershey (AHL)
Conditioning has been a concern in the past for Siegenthaler, but he looked very mobile at camp. He, Johansen and Connor Hobbs look like the most NHL ready of the bunch.
6. Travis Boyd, 24, Forward, Hershey (AHL)
Boyd was not among the players at development camp, but he looks poised to compete for a roster spot for the Caps' fourth line in the fall.
7. Connor Hobbs, 21, Defenseman, Hershey (AHL)
Hobbs matured both physically and mentally after his first professional season. He looked like one of the better defensemen throughout camp and yes, that shot of his is legit.
8. Alex Alexeyev, 18, Defenseman, Red Deer (WHL)
Alexeyev showed off the skill and instincts that made the Caps grab him in the first round of the 2018 draft. He needs to develop and bulk up, but the skill is certainly there.
9. Garrett Pilon, 20, Forward, Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Pilon showed off the aspects of his game that made him such a dominant threat in the WHL playoffs. He is a tremendously skilled offensive forward.
10. Brian Pinho, 23, Forward, Providence (NCAA)
By nature of his age and the fact that this was his sixth development camp, Pinho was among the camps better performers.