Since George McPhee took over as general manager of the Washington Capitals, the team has consistently identified and acquired a number of high-end prospects, many of whom have gone on to starring roles in the NHL.
What's been even more impressive is that the team has been able to draft some of the best young players in the world, despite regularly drafting late in the first round as a result of solid regular-season performances.
Every team in the league had guys like Alex Ovechkin, Karl Alzner and Nicklas Backstrom ranked as top 10 picks, but it's the selections like Mike Green (29th overall in 2004), John Carlson (27th overall in 2008) and Marcus Johansson (24th overall in 2009) that separate average scouting staffs from exceptional ones.
Though the Caps aren't likely to have more than one or two rookies on the roster in 2012-13, the cupboard is far from bare as far as prospects go.
Here's a look at the Caps' top prospects heading into the 2012-13 season.