Ranking the Washington Capitals' Top 10 Prospects

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Ranking the Washington Capitals' Top 10 Prospects
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Late in 2013-14, Washington Capitals fans were given a glimpse of one of their team's brightest prospects, as Evgeny Kuznetsov made his long-awaited NHL debut after many fruitful seasons in the KHL.

Kuznetsov, who is one of the clear front-runners for next season's Calder Trophy, is just one of a group of top-end forward prospects with exceptional skill that form the core of the Caps' prospect pipeline.

The following slideshow ranks the team's 10 best Calder-eligible prospects (don't go looking for Connor Carrick or Nate Schmidt; both have played too many NHL games to qualify) and provides capsule scouting reports. Prospects are primarily ranked based on their potential NHL ceiling, but the amount of risk involved in that projection is also a significant factor in this list.

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