Capitals middle of pack in Hockey Prospectus rankings

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With the exception of Evgeny Kuznetsov, who’s spending next season in the Kontinental Hockey League, all of the Washington Capitals’ top prospects are on the ice this week for development camp. These weeks are traditionally showcases of organizational depth.

According to Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus, there isn’t much depth there outside of Kuznetsov, Filip Forsberg and Stan Galiev. In top 10 prospects rankings released Sunday he has the Caps at No. 14 in the NHL.

“Washington has three top-of-the-line prospects between Evgeny Kuznetsov, Filip Forsberg, and Stanislav Galiev but it falls off sharply after that. The depth isn’t non-existent, as they have a few lower-tier guys or players like Caleb Herbert who are talented but quite a ways away.”

There are 23 organizational prospects in attendance at Kettler Capitals Iceplex this week along with a few Hershey Bears signees and several free agent invitees. Check out the full roster here.

“I think the key word there is there is a lot of talent, and I think that’s the emphasis around the organization is talent and skill,” Hershey Bears coach Mark French said. “I think that’s where the game certainly needs to go. We need to find some offense in the game and you do that with skilled players.”

The Florida Panthers earned the top spot in the Hockey Prospectus rankings, with the New York Islanders, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild and Ottawa Senators rounding out the top five.

Read the full rankings here.

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