Washington Capitals 2015 NHL Draft Recap

iss_recapwashingtonWith the 2015 NHL Draft completed, International Scouting Services recaps and identifies key up and coming prospects. 

August 12, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Washington Capitals in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:

Top Prospects Drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 2015 NHL Draft

ISSOv.NamePosBirth DateHeightWeightTeamLeague
G122SAMSONOV, IlyaG2/22/19976.03200MagnitogorskRusJr
5657SIEGENTHALER, JonasLD5/6/19976.02.5220Zurich ZSCSuiA
92143HOBBS, ConnorRD1/4/19976.00.5187ReginaWHL
NA173WILLIAMS, ColbyRD1/26/19955.11191ReginaWHL
June 26-27, BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida

 

ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the Washington Capitals in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:

Ilya Samsonov (ISS Ranked #G1 in 2015, Overall drafted #22 in 2015 NHL Draft) – The future between the pipes in Washington is set with the likes of Samsonov and Vanecek in the pipelines. He will be given the time to develop his game abroad as he continues next season in Magniogorsk and will be given an excellent chance to start for Russia at the World Juniors. No doubt the scouting staff knew what they wanted as they selected the ISS ranked #1 goalie in the 1st round.

Jakub Vrana (ISS Ranked #21 in 2014, Overall drafted #13 in 2014 NHL Draft) – The Czech born winger is one of few Capitals forward prospects who possesses that high-end upside and showed flashes of that dominance as he put together a solid campaign with Linkoping in the SHL and finished off the year strong in Hershey. Expect the Capitals brass to give him time to develop and dominate at the AHL level before a promotion to the NHL. The future of Vrana and Burakovsky down the wings shows a ton of promise in Washington.

Madison Bowey (ISS Ranked #22 in 2013, Overall drafted #53 in 2013 NHL Draft) – An area where Washington hasn’t drafted incredibly well since 2010 has been on the backend, however that changed in 2013 when they select Bowey who had slipped to the bottom of the 2nd round. The Kelowna Rockets captain over the last two seasons brings it all on the backend with added leadership qualities. Expect a big rookie season for Madison this year in Hershey.

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Andre Burakovsky (ISS Ranked #16 in 2013, Overall drafted #23 in 2013 NHL Draft) – Although selected in the 1st round in 2013, Burakovsky displayed early flashes of elite offensive talent and the ability to be a game changer at the NHL level in the future. After a dominant year with the Otters in the OHL and at the World Juniors representing Sweden, Andre surprised many by playing in an impact role for the Capitals so early in his career.

“The Capitals have always been driven by offense and there seems to be no upcoming change in that philosophy by the looks of their prospect pool”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “With the likes of Vrana, Burakovsky, Wilson and Kuznetsov showing recent success, the future in Washington looks to be stable up front. Defensively Bowey leads a thin prospect blueline which they started to address this past draft selecting 3 defenders after Samsonov in Siegenthaler who is an ISS favourite as well as Hobbs and Williams. With the future in the crease solidified there isn’t much doubt that the Capitals scouting staff will be eyeing defenders in the upcoming drafts.”

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