Based on comments recently made by Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee, it seems that the Caps' hopes for the 2013-14 season will hinge to a great extent on the youth within the organization.
As is often the case, this could be both a blessing and a curse.
On one hand, the Capitals have some very good prospects within the organization. Many of these players, given a reasonable opportunity, might prove to be the missing pieces of the Stanley Cup puzzle that has frustrated and eluded the Caps for so many years.
On the other hand, these prospects are just that—prospects. None have proven themselves yet at the NHL level. They might be great. Then again, they could be busts.
With the season opener just a bit over two months away (Oct. 1 at the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks), the Caps must shift into a different sort of mode as they prepare for the 2013-14 season.
In reality, there has been a lot going on around the NHL the past few weeks. There was the 2013 NHL draft, the beginning of free agency and the frenzy associated with both of those events.
On top of that came the recent announcement that NHL players would again participate in the Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, the league's re-aligned divisions received new names.
As for the Caps and their youthful core of prospects, the team's annual development camp recently wrapped up with several prospects making a lasting impression on the Caps' coaching staff.
With so much going on, it is time to get caught up with what is going on with the Caps' top five prospects.