The Washington Capitals have been arguably the most brave organization in terms of drafting Russian players. Scouts have traditionally referred to Russian players as "wild cards" because of their great potential upside as well as potential issues (such as discipline, KHL release agreements, etc.).
For every Alex Ovechkin that was drafted, there could be a Mikhail Yunkov, who was taken in the second round of the 2004 Draft and may not end up playing in North America at all. However, taking chances does pay off because you can have an advantage over other organizations that were not willing to take such a gamble. With that in mind, here are four Russian prospects that the Capitals have in their farm system.