Sunday, June 26, 2011

NHL Entry Level Draft Review

This past Friday and Saturday the Washington Capitals acquired five new players. One via a trade and four by selection in the draft.

On Friday night the Capitals traded away their first round pick to Chicago for RW Troy Brouwer. On Saturday, the Caps would use all their picks.

The Caps next pick did not come until the fourth round. With the 117th pick in the draft the team selected a goaltender: Stephen Soberg. Soberg, from Norway, was named one of Norways top 3 players at the U-18 Championships. He posted a 3.90 GAA and a .931 save percentage in six games. In 27 games in Norways premier hockey league, Soberg had a 4.17 GAA with an .884 save percentage.

In the fifth round the Capitals selected D Patrick Koudys. Koudys has just recently finished his freshman season at Rensselaer in the Eastern College Athletic Conference of the NCAA. He played 32 games and had 1 goal, two assists, and 14 penalty minutes.

With their sixth round pick the Caps chose C Travis Boyd. With the US National Development team he recorded 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) in 24 games. Boyd will attend the University of Minnesota this fall.

In the seventh round the Captials picked D Garret Haar. In 51 games in the US Hockey League Haar had 23 points (7 goals, 16 assists).

What's next for the Capitals new players? On July 10-16 the 4 draftees will attend the Capitals Prospect Development Camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.