The Capitals have seen top prospects use the prestigious World Juniors tournament as a quick launching pad to NHL success before.
The Capitals have a trio of promising young defensemen in their minor-league system in Dmitry Orlov, Cameron Schilling and Tomas Kundratek. At least one of them should be on the opening night roster on Oct. 1 at Chicago.
Is forward Stan Galiev still among the Capitals' top prospects? Not everyone is sure about that.
Over the last calendar year the Capitals handed out contract extensions to their own players like candy.