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 already 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. 5: Riley Barber
Position: Right Wing
Ht/Wt: 5-11, 185
Hometown: Livonia, Mich.
Drafted: 6th Round [167th overall] in 2012
2012-13 Team: Miami UniversityOhio [CCHA]
Penalty Minutes: 22
Contract Status: Unsigned
Scouting Report: For a kid taken in the sixth round last year, Barber’s stock soared during his freshman year at MiamiOhio. He was a first-team conference all-star, conference rookie of the year and helped the RedHawks to a conference-best 22-9-5 record. He also played a key role in Team USA’s gold medal in the World Under-20 Championships in Russia, recording three goals and three assists in seven games. He also won gold in the Under-18 World Championships and led Dubuque to the USHL title in 2010-11. In other words, all he does is win. Barber has excellent offensive instincts and saw time on MiamiOhio’s top power-play unit and penalty kill.
2013-14 Expectations: At 19, Barber is still developing physically and probably needs another season at Miami before challenging for a spot with the Caps, who will be anxious to see him at next month’s development camp. If he can build off his freshman season Barber could be prepping for a spot in the Caps’ top nine forwards in 2014-15.