The 2014 NHL draft presents the Washington Capitals with a critical opportunity to add a key piece to a lineup largely made up of players who have made six postseason appearances in D.C. over the last seven years.
And with the No. 13 pick in hand, a potential franchise cornerstone could be had.
No, this isn't the deepest pool of prospects, but given that the Caps have been very successful in picking up key cogs on a consistent basis despite rarely having lottery selections, there's reason for hope.
George McPhee has done well to call the names of first-rounders such as Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Karl Alzner, John Carlson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Alexander Semin, Marcus Johansson, Filip Forsberg and Tom Wilson over the years. And, regardless of whether the longtime general manager is ultimately still in charge by draft day, this franchise's scouting staff has an exceptional track record.
Heading into one of the most important summers in franchise history, here's a look at the team's best options when it is on the clock at No. 13.