Washington Capitals Development Camp: Assessing Prospects and Franchise's Future

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Washington Capitals Development Camp: Assessing Prospects and Franchise's Future

Saturday concluded the Washington Capitals' annual Development Camp. All of the Capitals' young prospects, along with some free agent invitees, spent the week in Arlington at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex being drilled, scrimmaging, learning more about the game and how to make it to the big league and ultimately being assessed by the Caps' brass.

General Manager George McPhee spent most of the week sitting on his balcony overlooking the Caps' practice rink watching over the young hopefuls as coaches Bruce Boudreau, Dean Evason, Bob Woods and others drilled them into the ground, much like a general assessing his troops.

McPhee had some things to say about certain attendees of the Development Camp, but here are my assessments. I spent the week watching the drills and scrimmages and looking for things both big and small that stood out.

Some of the traits or qualities of a player just screamed, "look at me!" whereas others were shown in a much quieter manner by players just going about their game and working hard every shift.

Let's take a look at the top 15 prospects the Caps have.

I've given an assessment of what stood out about a player, where they might be useful, whether they're NHL quality and when they might be ready for the Show.

Some of these guys are the future of the franchise, so take a look and see what brilliant work McPhee has done in the draft.

These names are in alphabetical order by position and not in order of skill.

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