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. 8: Cameron Schilling.
Position: Left Defense
Ht/Wt: 6-2, 182
Hometown: Carmel, Indiana
Drafted: Undrafted; signed as free agent March 27, 2012
2012-13 Team: Hershey [AHL]
Penalty Minutes: 61
Contract Status: 1 year remaining on 2-year, $1.850 million contract [$70,000 AHL, $925,000 NHL, $1.775 million cap hit in 2013-14]
Scouting Report: The Capitals outbid a handful of other NHL teams to sign Schilling out of the University of Miami Ohio and he had a solid first season as a pro in Hershey. Many were surprised when Steve Oleksy and Tomas Kundratek were recalled from the Bears ahead of Schilling, who saw his first NHL action on March 12 in Carolina and was a minus-1 in 11:58 of ice time. Schilling was second among Hershey defensemen in goals with 7.
2013-14 Expectations: Schilling probably ranks sixth among left-handed shooting defensemen in the Caps’ organization, behind Karl Alzner, John Erskine, Jack Hillen, Dmitry Orlov and Nate Schmidt. That could change with a strong developmental camp and an even stronger training camp. Either way, Schilling has just one more season to prove he belongs on an NHL roster before his contract expires.