Prospects have already played a significant role in the Washington Capitals' season. And so far, the team has only played three games.
To prove my point, Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.com wrote the following passage about the Capitals before the puck dropped on opening night:
Adam Oates has made his share of bold decisions since becoming coach of the Capitals last year and he made another today when he told rookies Tom Wilson, Michael Latta and Connor Carrick they’ll be playing in the season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Wilson, 19, has three games of NHL experience, all in last year’s playoffs. Latta, 22, and Carrick, 19, will be playing in their first NHL game.
But what about other prospects besides Wilson, Latta and Carrick?
Here is a prediction of the four Washington Capitals prospects most likely to be called up in 2013-14. This list is based on the predicted order of each prospect's call-up, with an ETA of when they will join the team.
Note: All statistics updated through Oct. 8 courtesy of NHL.com unless noted otherwise.