Projecting Top-End Potential for Washington Capitals' Best Prospects

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Projecting Top-End Potential for Washington Capitals' Best Prospects
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The Washington Capitals have been producing top-end prospects like few other teams have in the last decade, which has been a big reason why this hockey club is gunning for its seventh consecutive postseason berth. 

Since finishing in the NHL's basement in 2003-04, the Caps' draft picks include franchise cornerstones such as Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Karl Alzner, John Carlson, Braden Holtby and Marcus Johansson, and the pipeline appears to be stocked with more top-end talent for the future. 

Though it'll be tough for some of these prospects to earn leading roles within the next season or two due to the Caps' impressive depth, there are definitely young guns to look forward to within Washington's system. 

With that in mind, here's a look at early projections of how good the Caps' top prospects could be once they're fully developed. 

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