Tom Wilson and Madison Bowey during Caps Development Camp in July. (Photo credit: Chris Gordon)

[Editor’s Note: Fedor has reported on Washington Capitals prospects for RMNB for the last three years. This year we’re proud to introduce his prospect rankings. The rankings will be updated three times during the season– with the goal of updating you on how prospects are or not progressing. The first edition of the rankings come on the second day of Rookie Camp, as Caps prospects jockey for position within the organization.]

The Washington Capitals have re-stocked their prospect pipeline over the past two NHL drafts, giving fans a wealth of new players to get excited about in addition to a few solid free-agent prospects signings.

The 2012 Draft is turning out be a sterling spot on George McPhee’s resume. After picking Filip Forsberg and Tom Wilson in the first round, GMGM made a few strong picks in the latter rounds with Thomas DiPauli, Connor Carrick, Riley Barber, and Christian Djoos– all of whom have been invited to their junior national team camps and left good impressions.

Depth on defense is an area of strength for this crop of talent, with more than a few prospects ready to compete for roster spots as soon as they open.

Below, check out inaugural edition of the RMNB prospect rankings.

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  • Nate Schmidt is the one to watch, along with Riley Barber. I feel bad for Galiev, he had some monster seasons in the QMJHL. Maybe he can bounce back and have a good season in Hershey this year.

    Also, who plays in a Caps sweater first Burakovsky, or Kutznetsov?

  • yv

    Good to have such list!
    Small corrections. I think Kuzya was acquired 26th overall, not 23d? Only know about it b/c of so many recent discussions about him and I mentioned in one comment that it was low risk/small loss for Caps on that draft position.
    Orlov draft, 2nd round 55th, seems mixed with T. Wilson.

  • I vote Kuzya

  • Kuzya this year. Take it to #TheBank.

  • Fedor

    Done, thanks.

  • I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • yv

    I was sure that Kuzya, but when I read recent ‘rumors’, that he seeking 10 years 4M per and he will stay there, along with his arrival here!, than I beginning to doubt. On side note if he will play here on Kuzya-Nicky-Ovi line I think he will earn much more for 10 years than 40M, even after taxes.

  • bskillet

    We have some good ones in Wilson (fingers crossed) Kundradek, Burakovski, Orlov, hopefully Latta can surprise and you never know about the rest except Evgeni K. who I think should be put off for someone else’s problem, he’s not worth it and I’m pretty sure unbeknownst to some including him he’s not going to have a 100 goal season with 200 assists, if he can pull that one off then ok you win he’s worth it 🙂

  • BPThomas

    Damn, Kuzya put on some weight! Awesome list.

  • Igor Kleyner

    Pretty amazing that only 25% of these top 20 are from north of the border.

  • Fedor

    There’s no prospect in the world who is worth it by your standards.
    Cancel the Draft!

  • bskillet

    That was sarcasm, hey I want to see the Cup come here as bad as anyone I just think we have to make better decisions at the top.

  • Pete

    Watch 15 Monardo… Would have been drafted but suffered neck injury.

  • Fedor

    Selling low isn’t one and until Kuznetsov’s come over, it’ll be selling low. I’d rather wait and have a potential huge addition to my team than trade him for half or 20% of potential value.