Modifié 29 mars à 13 h 48. Raison: Misspelled Aliaksei Protas
Capitals - RW especially, but likely Best Player Available
Notable Prospects Under 24:
Center: Connor McMichael, Aliaksei Protas, Hendrix Lapierre
LW: Alexander Suzdalev, Ludwig Persson, Ivan Miroshnichenko
RW: Bogdan Trineyev
LD: Alexander Alexeyev, Martin Fehervary, Rasmus Sandin
RD: Vincent Iorio, Ryan Chesley, Brent Johnson
Goalie: Mitchell Gibson
Players signed past 2024: upcoming UFA Upcoming RFA
LW: Alex Ovechkin, Sonny Milano, Craig Smith, Conor Sheary
C: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom, Dylan Strome, Nic Dowd
RW: TJ Oshie, Anthony Mantha, Tom Wilson, Nicolas Aube-Kubel
, Aliaksei Protas
LD: none, Martin Fehervary, Rasmus Sandin, Alex Alexeyev
, Matt Irwin
RD: John Carlson, Nick Jensen, Trevor Van Riemsdyk
G: Darcy Kuemper, Charlie Lindgren
Washington has a large hole at RW with only TJ Oshie signed through 2024-25 (when he'll be 38!), and will likely lose Anthony Mantha from their books in the next season. While Tom Wilson and Aliaksei Protas are likely to return as of now, Washington will have a need at the NHL level as well as a lack of prospects in the pipeline, with Bogdan Trineyev as the only decent-ish prospect in the system with Kody Clark and Oskar Magnussen being NHL longshots at best. A top 6 RW prospect for the future would be the number one priority in DC to place on the right side as Wilson, with Protas projecting as a 3C/3RW and Trineyev likely topping out as a bottom 6 RW.
The other consideration the Caps could go could be goalie. The system currently consists of Mitchell GIbson (23, projects as fringe starter), Clay Stevenson (24, similar to Gibson with slightly higher ceiling), Garin Bjorklund (20, enigmatic but likely AHL starter at best), and Chase Clark (20, unlikely to be signed off the reserve list). Darcy Kuemper is signed for the next 5 years but goalie could always be improved and Washington doesn't currently have a high ceiling goalie in the system.
Most likely though, I think the Caps are going to go BPA when they draft this offseason, as either trade bait for more established players, or simply to stock the prospect pool. Washington has very few high ceiling prospects and many of their young defensemen have graduated to the NHL or have already gotten NHL opportunities (Sandin, Fehervary, Alexeyev, Iorio), leaving holes in pretty much every position outside of center. Since the team seems to be targeting 3 years from now as the rebuild point and most prospects they'll get won't be ready by then, I believe they'll look more towards BPA rather than trying to fill a current need.