December 31-In-31: Washington Capitals

Pat Quinn

2020-12-30

 

 

Welcome to the December 2020 edition of the DobberProspects 31-in-31 Series. This month, we are diving into the depth of each organization, looking at their recent graduates, risers, fallers and top-20 prospects.

 

 

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Last month I went over the Washington Capitals’ draft recap and off season moves seen HERE. I still have disappointment in how it went as the Capitals off season saw the team fill up more roster spots instead of letting some rookies make the jump:

  • There was an opening on the defense that was filled by the Capitals giving a two-year contract to Justin Schultz, and they filled the seventh spot adding TVR
  • There was a prime spot open for Daniel Sprong at forward, then the Capitals signed Connor Sheary to make it difficult for Sprong to get a legit shot
  • Goaltending opened up by the injury (sadness) to Lundqvist, and then the Capitals signed Craig Anderson to a PTO. This is a move I liked as he would provide good veteran stability for the young duo

 

 

Graduates

 

NHL

Daniel Sprong – Signed to a two-year $725,000 one-way contract, it appeared that the Capitals were willing to infuse the line up with his skill. But then they signed Sheary and his spot is not as solid. Especially if Sheary gets on a hot streak when in the line up if Sprong is out for a cold stretch. Here is hoping Sprong can maintain a middle-six winger spot in Washington as he is what the Capitals need, depth scoring not depth two-way grinding. If he can sneak his way on to the second line, Sprong could have an underratedly (new word) good fantasy season.

 

NHL or Taxi Squad

Vitek Vanecek