Monday, June 25, 2012

Capitals Draft Review

Forsberg, above, models his play after Peter Forsberg (no relation). (Photo: www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com)
This past weekend the NHL conducted their annual draft. The Washington Capitals made ten selections in this years draft.

Of those ten selections, two of them are centers and three of them play wing. One player, Chandler Stephenson, is listed as both a center and a left wing. The Capitals also selected three defensmen and one goalie.

 Here are a few notable players that they selected.

In the first round, the Capitals had two picks: the 11th and the 16th. With the 11th pick, the Capitals selected Filip Forsberg from Leksand, Sweden. Forsberg is a 6-1 center and weighs 188 pounds. In 2011, he won the silver medal at the World Under-18 Championships.

With the 16th pick, the Capitals selected a bruising right winger from Plymouth of the OHL. Thomas Wilson recorded 141 penalty minutes in a season in which he didn't even play every game. He had to sit out part of the season due to a sprained MCL and a broken knuckle. Wilson is not afraid to bring the pain as he was voted Best Body Checker in the OHL's Western Conference Coaches Poll.

The Capitals selected center/left wing Chandler Stephenson in the third round. His cousin, Joey Kocur, won three Stanley Cups over his career (Detroit: 1997, '98 and NY Rangers: 1994). Stephenson was also named his teams Most Sportsmanlike Player this past season.

Here is the complete list of the Capitals 2012 Draft Picks:

Round 1 (Pick 11): Filip Forsberg, C, 6-1, 188, Leksand, Sweden
Round 1 (Pick 16): Thomas Wilson, RW, 6-3, 205, Plymouth, OHL
Round 3 (Pick 77): Chandler Stephenson, C/LW, 5-11, 190, Regina, WHL
Round 4 (Pick 100): Thomas Di Pauli, C, 5-11, 188, US-18, USHL
Round 4 (Pick 107): Austin Wuthrich, RW, 6-1, 190, Notre Dame, CCHA
Round 5 (Pick 137): Connor Carrick, D, 5-11, 185, US-18, USHL
Round 6 (Pick 167): Riley Barber, RW, 5-11, 194, US-18, USHL
Round 7 (Pick 195): Christian Djoos, D, 5-11, 158, Brynas, Sweden-Jr.
Round 7 (Pick 197): Jaynen Rissling, D, 6-4, 223, Calgary, WHL
Round 7 (Pick 203): Sergei Kostenko, G, 5-11, 187, Novokunetsk-2, Russia-Jr.