Capitals Have Three Prospects In Top 50 Prospects List

Posted on January 20, 2014 by David Stevenson

Photo Credit: RIA Novosti. Grigory Sokolov

Recently, Corey Pronman of ESPN released his top 50 drafted prospects list. The list features three Capitals prospects:

Forward Evgeny Kuznetsov was ranked #2 on the list. A solid argument could be made that he should have been ranked #1, but I understand why he wasn't #1. In 23 games with Traktor (KHL) this season, he has 14 points. He's been battling injuries this year. How the Capitals will use him mostly depends on if the Capitals give Mikhail Grabovski an extension. I can't imagine Kuznetsov would be a third line center, so if Grabovski gets extended, Kuznetsov's future is probably at left wing.  

Forward Andre Burakovsky was ranked #11 on the list. Burakovsky has had a phenomenal season and I'm glad to see him starting to get the recognition that he deserves. In 34 games with the Erie Otters (OHL), Burakovsky has 24 goals and 29 assists for 53 points. That is even more impressive when you consider that this is his first season playing in North America. Burakovsky will give the Capitals even more depth at left wing.

Forward Riley Barber, who was unranked last season, was ranked #19 on the list. Barber is going to be a very strong top 6 forward with his well-rounded playing style and speed. In 20 games with Miami (Ohio) University, Barber has 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points. Whenever Barber decides to leave college, the Capitals will have to make a move in order to create space for him- he's a right wing and the Capitals already have a surplus of right wings. 

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