The Washington Capitals have, at least recently, a long history of players who have made names for themselves at the World Junior Hockey Championships. This edition of the storied tournament is no different.
Fans of the Caps obviously remember the heroics of Alex Ovechkin, Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson at past WJC gatherings. Despite the apparent lack of top-flight star power, the 2014 rendition has shown that Adam Oates has a number of promising young weapons on their way to Washington.
Unlike former No. 16 overall selection Tom Wilson, many of Washington's top youngsters are shining brightly on a big stage in Malmo, Sweden, which has to be very encouraging for George McPhee and his staff.
Heading into the medal round, here's a look at how the Caps' best WJC participants have stacked up thus far.