Washington Capitals Prospect Rankings: Winter 2014

Chandler Stephenson has been one of the most impressive Caps prospects this season (Photo: Derek Leung/Getty Images)

The first half of the 2013-14 season has been mostly positive for Washington Capitals prospects. Unknowns like Andre Burakovsky and Chandler Stephenson have shown real NHL potential, while the elder statesmen of the pool like Nate Schmidt and Patrick Wey, both coming off tremendous college careers, have made steps up the Caps’ depth chart.

However, top two Caps prospects will wish their first half was better: Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s injuries have limited his action and Tom Wilson has had a hard time gaining a meaningful role with the big club.

The feel-good story of the season so far has been Stephenson, who had been bugged by injuries in the past, but is now thriving in a veteran role as an offensive go-to guy for his team. I’ve got more on these stories and our full top-20 ranking below. Continue Reading

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Washington Capitals prospects Madison Bowey and Chandler Stephenson have been named to Team WHL for upcoming games against Team Russia in the annual Subway Super Series to be played in late November. A roster is not yet finalized: just one goaltender, seven defensemen, and 14 forwards have been selected.

Some players only play in just one game of the series, while others– those with a better shot of making the World Juniors squad– will get a two-game audition against one of the world’s best junior teams. Last year, the WHL’s roster consisted of 29 players: two goaltenders, nine defensemen and 28 forwards.

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New Captain Madison Bowey Scores A Pretty Goal

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On Saturday night, Washington Capitals defensive prospect Madison Bowey took the ice in a game against Prince George Cougars. It was Bowey’s second game as a captain of his Kelowna Rockets squad, and it was one to remember.

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Kelowna Rockets Name Madison Bowey Captain

Bowey and the ‘C’. (Photo credit: Regan Bartel)

2013 second-round selection Madison Bowey has been named captain for the Kelowna Rockets. Bowey, veteran of two WHL seasons with Kelowna, had been one of three players wearing the ‘A’ on his jersey for the first part of the season. Friday’s game against Prince George Cougars was his first as captain. Continue Reading

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Scouting Madison Bowey: Plays Tough, Good Wheels

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Before the game, Bowey was named player of the month. (Photo credit: Kelowna Rockets)

The Capitals selected defenseman Madison Bowey in the second round of the 2013 draft. The high-scoring defenseman was something of a draft-day dropper, and the Caps seemed pleased to get him when they did.

After getting assigned to the juniors, Bowey started the season hot. He was named his team’s player of the month in September with eight points in six games– seventh among WHL defensemen overall.

On Friday, Bowey’s Kelowna Rockets played the Portland Winterhawks and another of Washington’s defensive prospects, Garrett Haar. The Rockets won 6-2, and both Bowey and Haar had an assist.

I have provided video of Bowey’s play from that game. He is talented.

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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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Madison Bowey (3 of 3)

Bowey defends during a scrimmage. (Photo credit: Chris Gordon)

Bowey defends during a scrimmage. (Photo credit: Chris Gordon)

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The latest incarnation of Capitals Development Camp doesn’t have the star power of years past — there are no sure-fire stars like Nick Backstrom or exotic Russians like Evengy Kuznetsov. Still, there are surely some future pros skating at Kettler this week. In addition to the obvious ones — fellow first-round picks and polar opposites Tom Wilson and André Burakovsky — there are guys like Madison Bowey, a second-round selection (53th overall) at last month’s draft. Bowey is a fast, two-way defensemen who’s acquitted himself well playing for the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL and Team Canada in the World Juniors. He’s also a pretty nice dude. Following the second-to-last scrimmage of Dev Camp, I chatted with the 18-year-old.

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The Washington Capitals may have found a gem in second round pick Madison Bowey. The defenseman, who was drafted 53rd, was ranked 36th overall by Bob McKenzie. He also has an impressive resume. Bowey scored the game-tying goal against the US in the Under-18 World Junior Championships, which helped lead Canada to a gold medal. He also comes from the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, a team that’s produced several high-quality NHL defensemen including Shea Weber, Duncan Keith, and Luke Schenn. Pretty exciting, right?

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With the 53rd overall pick, the Capitals selected Madison Bowey from the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets. Over the last decade, the Rockets have produced several high-quality NHL defensemen including Shea Weber, Duncan Keith, and Luke Schenn.

Bowey is a Winnipeg native who earned a lot of praise from scouts for his skating. His footwork and speed allow him to always be at the right place at the right time while also keeping up with fast forwards and jumping up on rushes. HockeyProspect.com ranked him as high as 15th in their final rankings.

“I like to play a physical game and also use my speed to my advantage,” Bowey told reporters after being drafted. “I think I can bring that to the Caps. They are a great, great offensive team and also strong enough defensively so I’ll think fit in great in that mold.”

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