Like many other NHL organizations that have consistently iced competitive rosters since the 2004-05 lockout, the Washington Capitals’ six-year postseason streak was made possible through solid prospect evaluation and an impressive track record in drafting in the years prior.
And now, with The Washington Post reporting that former Director of Scouting Ross Mahoney will be moving up to take over assistant general manager duties, Caps fans should know the franchise’s developmental branch will be in good hands for seasons to come.
But as the Caps try to rebound from a stunning campaign that saw them miss the playoffs entirely after five divisional crowns in six years, the 2014 NHL draft will be arguably this club’s most important summer since Alex Ovechkin heard his name called at No. 1 in 2004.
Heading into a crucial draft day for Washington, here’s a look at which prospects would best suit the team’s current and future needs at each position.