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Washington Capitals Top 4 Prospects 2017

July 13th, 2017 at 10:33 AM
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After dominating the NHL and projecting to be the Stanley Cup favorites over the last three seasons, the Washington Capitals are now in a tight spot.

Heading into this season, the Capitals are in a cap crunch; though they re-signed their key free agents, they lost a number of veterans over the course of the offseason thanks to free agency and the expansion draft and cannot afford to replace them.

With the Stanley Cup window closing and just $4 million in cap space, the Capitals will have to rely on the young, up-and-coming prospects already in the system to fill the holes on their NHL roster. From promising AHL forwards to up-and-coming junior defensemen, the Capitals have a number of prospects they can rely on. Here are Washington’s top prospects of 2017.

Travis Boyd

The Capitals used their sixth-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft to take a chance on Travis Boyd. A young center hailing from Minnesota, Boyd had USHL experience and a lot of upside. He developed his game within the organization throughout the years, but his time in the NCAA is where he truly grew as a player.

In four years with the University of Minnesota, Boyd transformed into a top-line center who could not only serve as a playmaker but also score goals. In his senior year with Minnesota, Boyd finished with 19 goals and 41 points through 32 games and was among the best players in the Big Ten. His hard work and dedication to developing his game earned him a two-year, entry-level contract with Washington, which he signed in March 2015.

He suited up for the Hershey Bears the following season, hoping to further prove himself while also trying to remain consistent as he moved up the ranks and closer to the NHL. He finished with an impressive 53 points in his first year with the Bears but set a new standard this past year.

n 76 games, Boyd finished with 16 goals and a career-high 63 points. Not only did Boyd lead the Bears in scoring, but his 47 assists ranked third in the NHL, and he finished sixth among all AHL skaters in points. The 23-year-old was also voted the team’s MVP and earned a spot in the AHL All-Star Game.

With Washington in need of more players to fill out the bottom-six, Boyd could compete for a spot on the NHL roster this coming season. He’s proved to be a consistent point-scorer and could help fit into a similar to Marcus Johansson.

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