Jakub Vrana, Riley Barber, Madison Bowey
Three Capitals prospects have made the semi-annual list of the 50 best affiliated NHL prospects compiled by ESPN’s Corey Pronman. The list includes only players not currently on NHL rosters. This time, the ranking is topped by the Leafs’ forward William Nylander.
Following a mediocre World Junior Championship, Jakub Vrana, 13th overall pick of 2013 Draft, finishes seventh in Pronman’s rankings.
One of the older players on the list, Caps’ sixth-round pick in 2012 Riley Barber, currently in his junior year at the Miami (Ohio) University, is ranked 29th. Barber is the only Caps prospect to appear on Craig Button’s top-30 NHL prospects rankings, where is 25th.
Madison Bowey, coming off a gold medal win with Team Canada at the home WJC, is 45th on ESPN’s list. The mobile offensive defenseman finished the tournament tied for the lead in points among Canadian blueliners with one goal and three assists.
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