NHL Draft 2012: Analyzing 15 Likely Draft Prospects for the Washington Capitals

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NHL Draft 2012: Analyzing 15 Likely Draft Prospects for the Washington Capitals
Courtesy of thehockeywriters.com

That saying "the rich get richer" might very well apply to the Washington Capitals.

Fresh off the team's best playoff run since they went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998, the Caps now find themselves in the enviable position of having two picks in the first 20 selections of next week's NHL Draft in Pittsburgh, No. 11 and No. 16 to be exact.  

The trade the Caps made with the Colorado Avalanche for Semyon Varlamov certainly looks like it will pay off as the Caps acquired the No. 11 pick with that move.

There are many directions the Caps can go at the draft, but the general consensus seems to have the Caps selecting a defenseman and a right winger. There are, of course, some variations on this, but after reviewing countless mock drafts, forum posts and analysis of all sorts, that combo seems like the popular choice.

In reading through all these projections, I have identified 15 prospects who I feel are likely to be available at either No. 11 or No. 16 and would be a good fit for the Caps.

following is analysis of the top-15 likely draft prospects for the Washington Capitals. Video for each prospect is included.

At the end of the article, I will make my call as to who I think the Caps should select at No. 11 and at No. 16.

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