Exactly halfway through the 2011-12 season, the Washington Capitals have already had three players make their NHL debuts, as Cody Eakin, Dmitry Orlov and Tomas Kundratek each kicked off their big league careers in the nation's capital.
Impressively, despite these players having taken the leap, the future prospects remain very bright. The team's main minor league affiliate, the Hershey Bears, currently sit atop the AHL standings, and the bulk of the Caps' prospects in the NCAA, CHL and Europe are performing incredibly well.
There will inevitably be more players making their debuts this season. This is a prediction of the next five youngsters to kick-start their NHL careers with the Washington Capitals.