With the June 30 NHL entry draft fast approaching – the Capitals own eight selections, including the 23rd overall pick – we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 prospects in the organization and a brief scouting/progress report on each.
Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will profile all 10 prospects, in descending order. Today’s top prospect, at No. 10: Patrick Wey.
Ht/Wt: 6-3, 210
Drafted: 4th round [115th overall], 2009
2012-13 Team: Boston College [Hockey East]
Penalty Minutes: 54
Contract Status: 2 years remaining on 2-year, $1.28 million contract [$67,500 AHL, $640,000 NHL, $900,000 cap hit]
Scouting Report: A no-frills, hard-hitting presence on the blue line, Wey recently completed his senior year at Boston College, where he was named Hockey East’s 2013 Best Defensive Defenseman. It was a nice bounce-back season after he was sidelined 12 games the previous season with a severed tendon in his right foot. Wey helped BC to a 22-12-4 record and a berth in the NCAA tournament. In 133 career games with BostonCollege, Wey collected 33 points [4 goals, 29 assists] and 147 penalty minutes. He helped Boston College win the NCAA National Championship in 2011-12 and tallied one goal and three assists in four tournament games. Wey also helped the U.S. win the bronze medal at the 2011 Under-20 World Junior Championship. Majored in information systems, with a minor in philosophy.
2013-14 Expectations: With an increased value because he has a right shot, Wey is expected to begin his professional career with the Hershey Bears next season. The Caps are deep in defensive prospects, but thought enough of Wey to sign him to a two-year deal. With a year of development in the AHL it could be another year before Caps fans see Wey knocking on the NHL door.