2021-22 Top 10 Washington Capitals Prospects

The Washington Capitals have among the weakest possibility swimming pools in the NHL, which’s all right. They have actually had significant regular-season success for over a years throughout the Alex Ovechkin age and have actually won a Stanley Cup.

Obviously, as a seasonal Stanley Cup competitor, the focus is on winning now, and typically at the cost of draft choices and other future factors to consider. Washington has actually wanted to trade first-round choices as they have just had 3 in the previous 5 drafts and have actually not chosen lower than 21st total considering that 2014.

In mix with having less and later on draft choices, the Capitals have actually not had a great deal of success in preparing and establishing for many years. In the previous 11 years, they have just 7 draft choices that have actually played over 250 video games in the NHL, and just one (Tom Wilson) stays with the company.

The Capitals do have potential customers who have actually just recently finished to the NHL in Connor McMichael, Brett Leason, and Martin Fehervary which diminishes their pipeline to perhaps the worst in the NHL.

When the Capitals choose to carry on from the Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom program, there will be years of discomfort as the franchise will need to develop it back up from the ground up through the draft.

  1. Hendrix Lapierre, C – Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)

Age: 20
Ht/Wt: 6-0/185
Drafted: 2020 round one, 22nd total by Washington Capitals

Drafting Lapierre in the preliminary was a little a gable and a swing for the fences. Not since he does not have the ability and offending advantage to be a first-round choice, however since he was restricted to simply 19 video games in his draft year due to injuries. In specific, injuries to the head.

Lapierre kicked down the front door as a novice in the QMJHL publishing 45 points in 48 video games in his D-1 season to get some early buzz. While his draft year was restricted, he published 17 points in those 19 video games. Following his draft, he was restricted once again to simply 21 video games and published 31 points, however that was because of COVID.

The additional time off might have simply been what the Dr. purchased to enable his head injuries to recover appropriately. Lapierre made the Capitals lineup to begin the year playing in 6 NHL video games and scoring his very first profession NHL objective prior to being gone back to the Q.

It then came as a surprise to numerous when Team Canada passed over Lapierre for the 2022 WJC. Since that snub, he has actually been torching the QMJHL to the tune of 21 objectives and 30 points through 37 video games and is on speed for 1.38 points per video game in his last season.

The talented playmaker has actually revealed an advancement in his shooting and scoring video game, making him less foreseeable and a dual-threat. An crucial advancement for his shift to professional hockey. Lapierre will play his very first professional season, however with couple of ending agreements coming off the books he will likely see more playing time in the AHL as a novice. His upside might see him fill a top-six function in a year or more as he has little competitors originating from behind in the meantime.

  1. Alexander Alexeyev, LD – Hershey Bears (AHL)

Age: 22
Ht/Wt: 6-4/214
Drafted: 2018 round one, 31st total by Washington Capitals

The huge left-shot Russian has actually remained in North America for many years now as an item of the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL. His junior profession was outstanding with 101 points in 135 profession video games. He controlled in the 2019 WJC with Russia scoring 6 points in 7 video games to assist Russia win the Bronze.

In his very first year as a professional, he was trending towards splitting the Capitals lineup as a novice, however an injury sustained at the 2019 potential customers display competition cost him an area. He made his professional launching in the AHL publishing a strong 21 points in 58 video games. The pandemic had him go back to Russia on loan to Salavat in the KHL and he was excellent there scoring 16 points in 58 video games prior to completing the season in Hershey. Alexeyev has actually played this season back in the AHL with Hershey, and while his offending overalls are a little down, on speed for 19 points in 64 video games, he was remembered for his very first profession NHL video game in December.

The huge Russian plays a great two-way video game, he is physically aggressive, has a great shot, and is proficient at moving the puck through wise, misleading passes. His skating has actually been the knock on his video game, however it is inadequate of an issue to keep him out of the NHL. With Justin Shultz, Michal Kempny, and Matt Irwin all on ending agreements, Alexeyev is the possible response to among those lineup areas next year.

  1. Alexi Protas, C – Hershey Bears (AHL)

Age: 21
Ht/Wt: 6-6/225
Drafted: 2019 round 3, 91st total by Washington Capitals

The huge Belarussian has actually been rising the ranks with the Capitals considering that his draft in 2019. After winning the WHL Championship in his draft year, he returned for another season of junior in 2020 where he had an offending breakout to the tune of 80 points in 58 video games prior to the pandemic struck.

The following season he started play in the KHL with Dinamo Minsk on loan, and in his professional launching, had 10 objectives and 18 points in 58 video games prior to going back to North America when play resumed. Protas played in 6 AHL video games prior to completing the year with Belarus in the WC. Protas started this season full-time in North America and struck he ground running scoring 5 points in 9 video games to make an NHL recall. In 33 video games in Washington, Protas published 9 points and has actually considering that been gone back to the AHL.

Protas has excellent size and ability. He might top out in a middle-six function, however he brings a strong net-front existence and can be a handful in the crease on the power play.

  1. Vincent Lorio, RD – Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 6-3/201
Drafted: 2021 round 2, 55th total by Washington Capitals

After having a great draft season in the pandemic reduced season in the WHL with 12 points in 22 video games with the Brandon Wheat Kings, Lorio has actually had a breakout D+1 season. The B.C. local had 11 objectives and 44 points in 60 regular-season video games.

Lorio is not a fancy offending gamer, however he is discreetly and regularly efficient. He makes fast passes, discovers open death and shooting lanes and produces area and chance with excellent deceptiveness of his objectives with look-offs and phonies.

Lorio had a great audition for the Canadian WJC lineup at the choice camp however stopped working to break the last lineup. Lorio will make the dive to pro following the Wheat Kings playoff run next year and will require a year or more of advancement in the AHL prior to he can be thought about a competitor for the NHL lineup.

  1. Joe Snively, LW – Hershey Bears (AHL)

Age: 26
Ht/Wt: 5-9/181
Drafted: Free Agent signed 2019 by Washington Capitals

It has actually been a long roadway to the NHL for the Virginia native. After 4 seasons in the NCAA with Harvard where he was over a point per video game gamer, Snively signed his ELC as a totally free representative and completed the year in the AHL. It was a strong professional launching with 7 points in the last 9 video games. His novice season came throughout the pandemic reduced season and he scored 17 points in 30 video games for the Bears.

The caps re-signed Snively to a one-year extension for the 2021 season and were satisfied enough after its conclusion to re-up him to another agreement extension, this time for a two-year term. Snively has actually continued to establish and get self-confidence in himself and from the company, making a recall for his NHL launching this year.

Playing in 12 video games with the Capitals, Snively notched 4 objectives and 7 points. He has actually eclipsed the point-per-game speed in the AHL with 38 points through 35 video games and has actually developed himself as a legitimate NHL alternative. His long-lasting ceiling at 26-years-old promises to peak as a 3rd- or fourth-line gamer, however for discovered cash as a totally free representative, that’s respectable.

  1. Garrett Pilon, C – Hershey Bears (AHL

Age: 24
Ht/Wt: 5-11/187
Drafted: 2016 round 3, 87th total by Washington Capitals

Washington’s third-round choice from the 2016 draft has actually been gradually and silently establishing in the Caps system for what appears an eternity. Still just 24-years-old, he is still a possibility. Pilon has actually lost waiver exemption, so now is the time for him to go up to the NHL lineup full-time.

Pilon was a routine on the taxi team for the 2020-21 season playing in simply 14 AHL video games and one NHL video game. This has him under the radar entering into this season where he played the lions share in Hershey publishing 42 points in 60 video games. He did get a glance of the NHL scoring his very first profession NHL objective in 2 video games.

Pilon tasks as a 3rd or 4th line, two-way gamer that is strong on draws and is a high-volume shooter. With a strong training school, he might require his method into the lineup.

  1. Bear Hughes, C – Spokane Chiefs (WHL)

Age: 20
Ht/Wt: 6-2/172
Drafted: 2020 round 5, 148th total by Washington Capitals

After a frustrating season in the USHL throughout the COVID season of 2020-21, Hughes had a good rebound season in the WHL with 67 points in 64 video games back with Spokane. As group Captain, Hughes led the Chiefs in objectives, helps, and points and won the Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year Award. At 20-years-old and having a breakout season in the WHL, it can be tough to recognize if he is a late bloomer or benefiting from being older and larger than the majority of the opposition in the league.

Hughes has actually seen his video game enhance in his shooting volume and portion with his 24-goal season. He has actually constantly had fun with speed and threatened in near to the web, however he has actually established some scoring from variety capability also.

Hughes has actually signed his ATO for the balance of the AHL season however has actually not played a video game. He stays anonymous by the Capitals up until now however is most likely to be signed to his ELC for the start of the 2022-23 season where he will play his novice season with the Bears.

  1. Henry Rybinski, C/W – Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

Age: 20
Ht/Wt: 6-1/172
Drafted: 2019 round 5, 136th total by Florida Panthers

Originally a Florida Panthers draft choice, Rybinski went anonymous and ended up being a totally free representative. He participated in the Edmonton Oilers novice camp as a guest then went back to the WHL for his excess 5th season and was outstanding adequate to make an agreement deal from the Capitals.

Rybinski is a solid forechecking forward. He stands out at breaking down oppositions hurries, developing turnovers, and transitional hockey. He is an above-typical skater, with average professional size and a high complete level. His mix of skating ability and hockey sense permits him to be a reliable protector and forechecker along with a sound playmaker.

His strong overage season of 65 points in 47 video games is motivating, however once again can be tough to state if it is a breakout efficiency, or simply an older gamer playing well in a top-six function in a more youthful league. Rybinski will play in the AHL in the upcoming season as a novice where he will attempt to adjust to the professional video game. It will be a crucial season of advancement to see if he can end up being a dependable third-line monitoring forward in the NHL in time.

  1. Brent Johnson, RD – University of North Dakota (NCAA)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 5-11/170
Drafted: 2021 round 3, 80th total by Washington Capitals

Johnson had a breakout draft year in the USHL with the Sioux Falls Stampede publishing 11 objectives and 32 points in 47 video games as a novice. His play had him rank in between the 2nd and 3rd round so the Capitals discovered excellent worth in choosing him 80th in general.

After his draft, Johnson had actually offseason shoulder surgical treatment and as an outcome, lost a vital summertime of training and advancement. His freshman season with the Fighting Hawks was a battle, he was a healthy scratch sometimes and just handled 3 points through 23 video games played. UND had a strong protective core lead by Ottawa Senators potential customers Jake Sanderson and Tyler Kleven consuming all the huge minutes.

As a sophomore, Johnson will be provided a larger function and needs to see his video game enhance. Look for Johnson to play a larger function, have fun with more self-confidence and show his misleading offending design we saw in the USHL. He is a long-lasting job and requires to include some strength and physicality while in college to be a reliable professional gamer.

  1. Oskar Magnusson, C/RW – AIK (HockeyAllsvenskan)

Age: 20
H/Wt: 5-10/165
Drafted: 2020 round 7, 211th total by Washington Capitals

Players prepared in the seventh round are constantly longshots at best, and Magnusson is no various. At 5-10, he does not have outstanding physical expertise. His protective video game is typical, and his shot is foreseeable and not extremely precise.

What offers him a possibility is his movement. He is not even a burner, however the mechanics behind his skating are strong and he is extremely evasive on his feet. He checks out the offending zone effectively and can disperse the puck efficiently and discover open ice and time his arrival to the soft ice at simply the best minute.

His post-draft year offensively on loan in HockeyEttan was underwhelming. He played this previous season in Allsvenskan and just produced 11 points through 41 video games. As a 20-year-old this does not bode well, however there is still time for him to discover his video game and potentially be an NHL gamer.

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