The Capitals took a hit in the prospect pool after trading away Jonathan Berggren, Kyle Capobianco and a 1st round pick in exchange for Elllis. There was also the graduation of rookie sensation Mathew Barzal who appears to be everything as advertised and should be a star in the league. The Capitals now are leaning on their top 3 prospects who amongst the best prospects leaguewide.
The Capitals by Daniel Sprong who is finally get a big chance to do something at the NHL level. He has everything skillwise for a winger you could want. Great Skating, Speed and an great possibly elite level shot. He prolly needs another year but he is getting closer we to contributing to the Capitals.
Timothy Liljegren is the top defensive prospect in the Capitals system. The Capitals are dissappointed he is missing out on the World Junior Championship to showcase his talent to the rest of the world due to injury. His play however, at the AHL level both last year and this year was impressive enough to show he can a huge future with the Capitals.
Lastly, It’s Nick Suzuki. The Capitals thought highly enough of him to move the 8th overall pick for him. His play is consistent and he is still dominating the OHL level as he has the past few years. After disappointment of being cut from the last World Juniors, he now has a chance to showcase his talent to the world. He was also given a long look at the Montreal Canadiens camp this year, after just turning 19 in August. He has definit upside and the Capitals are hoping he can make the big jump soon.
These players may not have the same impact as Mathew Barzal had but these guys are very close to making an impact for the Washington Capitals in the near future.