As opening night for the NHL arrives, the AHL and ECHL are not too far away. With that, let’s look at some of the notable Caps prospects in the minor league system.
In net, Justin Peters, the former Caps backup, needs to prove himself NHL ready to regain a spot on the main roster. He’ll be competing with veteran Dan Ellis, who does not have a lot to lose after over 10 seasons in the AHL and NHL.
On defense, Madison Bowey and Chirstian Djoos will look for major time on ice to cement their status as possible “defensmen of the future.” If anyone on D gets injured, do not be surprised if GM Maclellan calls one or both of them up to the main roster.
At forward, Chris Borque makes his triumphant return to Hershey after last season with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Jakub Vrana, a Caps first-round pick, needs time to adjust to the North American game, but he can still play with skill each game. Nathan Walker will look to make up for lost time after missing most of last year with a knee injury. Caleb Herbert could find himself back in South Carolina if he doesn’t impress early.
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Vitek Vanecek is the only one on the current training camp roster under contract with the Caps. But, just because he has a NHL contract does not mean he will be the immediate starter. Veteran Mark Dekanich and NCAA D-III star David Jacobson are just as eager to impress head coach Spencer Carbery.
Nothing is set in stone in regards to either team’s roster. Injuries and trades are always possibilities. It’s still good to note the Caps call-up pool is deep at defense, forward, and goaltending.