Washington Capitals’ 2012 seventh-round pick Jaynen Rissling, who impressed last year thanks to his grit and character, will return to his home province of Alberta for one more year with WHL’s Calgary Hitmen.
This year will be crucial for the development of the 6-foot-4, 223-pound defenseman as he’ll be playing not only for his team, but also for an entry-level contract with the Caps. And it’s gonna be a special year for him.
Jaynen Rissling chases down Erik Benoit. (Photo credit: Kevin Hiscock/Calgary Hitmen)
As the CHL regular season winds down, a few Caps prospects are heating up. Three of four are playing on powerhouse teams and will be looking to make a splash come playoff time.
Recently, Caps prospects Jaynen Rissling (a seventh round pick in the 2012 draft) of the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen and Tom Wilson (first-round selection in 2012) of the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers, each posted big performances.
Notably, the Caps selected three players from the U.S. developmental team, and one player recently of the U.S. developmental team. “I asked [the scouts] ‘What are we doing here?” said McPhee about this trend. “Are we drafting the whole team?’”
“We made a lot of picks today,” McPhee said of the second day overall. “I don’t know those kids very well. [...] It’s nice to sort of restock this year, and we’ll see how they are in a couple of years.”