A Look at the Capitals Lesser Known ProspectsPosted on January 23, 2014 by Chris Cerullo
With the recent news about Evgeny Kuznetsov applying
for his US visa to play in the NHL in the very near future and the World
Junior adventures of Riley Barber, Connor Carrick and Andre Burakovsky coming
to a close, the Caps top prospects have been in the news quite frequently
recently. With this increased amount of attention on our high-end guys,
including Tom Wilson with the big club, I figured I would highlight some of the
lesser known or rarely talked about prospects in our system. These guys are
just as valuable to NHL organizations as they provide the depth teams love to
have in their future player pools. I’ll start with these two first and progress
throughout the rest of our system in my next articles.
Chandler Stephenson, currently plies his trade with the Regina Pats in the WHL. Stephenson was a 3rd round pick (77th overall) in 2012 and projects as a likely 3rd line center in the NHL with 2nd line upside. He is a very intelligent, two-way styled player with speed I'd compare to current Capitals’ player Marcus Johansson. His vision and offensive awareness are his biggest strengths and the only thing really holding him back is his size. Although he excels on both sides of the ice he has really stepped up his offensive game this year, leading the Pats in points with 57 as well as being tied for 12th in the WHL overall with Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice. Many project him to do very well in the AHL and he should be with Hershey at the conclusion of his season with Regina, but only time will tell if he ever fits in at the NHL level.
Madison Bowey, is the current captain of
the Kelowna Rockets (WHL). Bowey was drafted in the 2nd
round (53rd overall) in 2013 and really looks like a steal at this
point as he has legit top four defenseman potential. He barely missed out on
participating in this years World Juniors for Canada and is currently tied for
4th in scoring for defensemen in the WHL. Bowey not only has an
advanced offensive game and a booming slapshot but also loves to throw his big
body around which makes him a beast in the defensive and neutral zones. He is
likely to return to Kelowna next season and should make Canada’s World Junior
In my next installment I plan to feature left wing Zach
Sanford and center Thomas Di Pauli so make sure to stick around.