This article is part of our Prospects Analysis series.
This isn't exactly breaking news, but many players who go on to be productive NHL players struggle in their freshman seasons. For every Mathew Barzal or Brock Boeser, there are countless players who fail to make in an impact their first time around. This is a list of 10 players who could be primed for better results in 2018-19 and beyond.
Madison Bowey (D-WSH): Known as a point producer throughout his junior career with WHL Kelowna, Bowey failed to score a goal in 51 games with the Caps this season and managed just 12 assists, none of which came with the man advantage. His playing time was limited on many nights and he never carved out a significant role for Washington. Next season will be the fourth of Bowey's professional career and it is time for him to take a step forward. Whether Bowey has any fantasy appeal next season depends largely on the future of current Caps defender John Carlson. Carlson will be a UFA on July 1 and is expected to receive offers upwards of $8 million per year. Washington can't afford that unless it sends some guys packing. If Carlson ultimately re-signs, Bowey becomes an afterthought once again.
Anthony DeAngelo (D-NYR): DeAngelo started the season in New York and played terribly. He was shipped to AHL Hartford where he played 29 games before being recalled. DeAngelo played considerably better after returning before an ankle injury suffered mid-March ended his season. DeAngelo's offensive ability is evident, but he remains