An offensive threat is something the Washington
Capitals are in no imminent need of.
The Capitals have plenty of scoring threats in their
farm system, which begins with star Russian prospect Yevgeni Kuznetsov.
While general manager George McPhee waits for
Kuznetsov to make the jump to the National Hockey League, there is another
Capitals prospect in North America that could transition well into the pros.
The Capitals selected Regina Pats forward Chandler
Stephenson in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Stephenson was an important player for the Pats last
season, despite missing 14 games with an injury.
He scored 22 goals and added 20 assists, which
ranked fourth on the team if you add the goals and assists.
The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native has the skill and
speed that makes scouts drool. Stephenson is a hard-working player who gets the
job done on both ends of the ice.
He lacks the size to be an effective physical
player, but makes up for that with his hockey IQ.
This season, Stephenson has played 12 games for the
Pats and has scored four goals and six assists.
I believe he can overcome his size deficiency and
become a decent two-way player in the NHL.
Tomorrow on the Prospect Preview, we will profile
St. Louis Blues prospect and University of North Dakota freshman Jordan