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

Connor Carrick rushes the puck up ice (Photo credit: Francois Laplante/HHOF-IIHF Images)

World Juniors semifinalists were determined on Thursday. Washington Capitals prospects combined for three points. Riley Barber had one assist to his name, while Andre Burakovsky recorded a pair of helpers.

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Riley Barber Scores a Shorthanded Goal Against Canada

Barber celebrates. (Photo credit: Francois Laplante/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Capitals sixth-round pick and Team USA captain Riley Barber improved his scoring streak to four games with a shorthanded goal in Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Canada.

Barber opened up scoring early in the second period, but Canada took the lead back thanks to the goals by Nic Petan, Connor McDavid, and Curtis Lazar. Late in the third, Stefan Matteau brought the Americans’ deficit to one, but they couldn’t bring this game into overtime. Continue Reading

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Washington Capitals prospects Riley Barber, Connor Carrick, and Thomas DiPauli all contributed to the scoreboard in USA’s convincing victory over the Czech Republic, 5-1.

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Riley Barber Named Team USA Captain For World Juniors

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Washington Capitals prospect Riley Barber has been named captain of Team USA for the upcoming World Junior Championships, per USA Hockey.

Barber, who is set to play on the first line with Danny O’Reagan and Nicolas Kerdiles, is one of just three returnees from last years’ gold medal-winning squad.

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Washington Capitals prospect Riley Barber has the distinct honor of representing the United States of America at this year’s World Junior Championships. One would think that in the days leading up to Barber’s trip to Malmö, Sweden, the young winger would be hitting up the mall to stock up on suits and dress shirts. You know, showing the event the respect and decorum it deserves.

Nope.

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One of three returning players for the US, Riley Barber will be relied upon leadership and scoring (Photo credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Three Washington Capitals draft picks have been selected to participate in USA Hockey’s World Juniors training camp, which will be held in Minneapolis this month. It will determine who will represent the country in Malmo, Sweden this winter.

Forwards Thomas DiPauli and Riley Barber, as well as defenseman Connor Carrick (all drafted by the Caps in 2012) are up for roster spots.

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Barber battles Bemidji State’s Radoslav Illo (Photo credit: Monte Draper/Bemidji Pioneer)

Washington Capitals’ sixth-round 2012 pick Riley Barber continues to put up huge numbers in the NCAA. A sophomore at Miami University, Barber is currently tied at third in points in the nation along with linemate Austin Czarnik and Caps’ development camp invitee Sam Anas from Quinnipiac. Continue Reading

Washington Capitals top collegiate prospect Riley Barber is still lighting up the NCAA. Two weeks ago, I wrote about his big weekend against Ohio State. He’s been playing well since, recording points in all but one of Miami University’s six games.

He had a three-point night on Saturday in a 4-4 tie against Providence College.

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Barber wraps around Ohio State’s net. (Photo credit: Michael Griggs/Miami University)

Sixth-round 2012 draft pick Riley Barber has picked up this season right where he left off. In his first two games, a non-conference home-and-home between Barber’s No. 2-ranked Miami University and cross-state rivals Ohio State University, Barber scored seven points: two assists in the 6-2 road blowout on Friday and four goals and one helper in a 6-3 convincing home win on Saturday. Barber, who plays right wing on his team’s top line with Max Cook and Austin Czarnik, now leads NCAA in goals and points. Continue Reading