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2016 NHL Entry Draft – First Round

Here are the first 30 selections in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft


1 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Auston Matthews (ZSC Lions, NLA)
2 – WINNIPEG JETS – Patrik Laine (Tappara, SM-Liiga)
3 – COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS – Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton, QMJHL)
4 – EDMONTON OILERS – Jesse Pulijujarvi (Karpat, SM-Liiga)
5 – VANCOUVER CANUCKS – Olli Juolevi (London, OHL)
6 – CALGARY FLAMES – Matthew Tkachuk (London, OHL)
7 – ARIZONA COYOTES – Clayton Keller (US NDTP, USHL)
8 – BUFFALO SABRES – Alexander Nylander (Mississauga, OHL)
9 – MONTREAL CANADIENS – Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor, OHL)
10 – COLORADO AVALANCHE – Tyson Jost (Pentiction, BCHL)
11 – OTTAWA SENATORS – Logan Brown (Windsor, OHL) – (from New Jersey) (Traded Pk 12 ’16 to NJ for Pk 11 ’16, Pk 80 ’16)
12 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Michael McLeod (Mississauga, OHL) – (from Ottawa) (Traded Pk 11 ’16, Pk 80 ’16 to OTT for Pk 12 ’16)
13 – CAROLINA HURRICANES – Jake Bean (Calgary, WHL)
14 – BOSTON BRUINS – Charles McAvoy (Boston, NCAA H-East)
15 – MINNESOTA WILD – Luke Kunin (Wisconsin, NCAA Big 10)
16 – ARIZONA COYOTES – Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia, OHL) – (from Detroit) (Traded Joe Vitale, Pk 53 ’16, Pk 20 ’16 to DET for Pavel Datsyuk, Pk 16 ’16)
17 – NASHVILLE PREDATORS – Dante Fabbro (Pentiction, BCHL)
18 – WINNIPEG JETS – Logan Stanley (Windsor, OHL) – (from Philadelphia) (Traded Pk 22 ’16 and Pk 36 ’16 to PHI for Pk 18 ’16 and Pk 79 ’16)
19 – NEW YORK ISLANDERS – Kieffer Bellows (US NDTP, USHL)
20 – DETROIT RED WINGS – Dennis Cholowski (Chilliwack, BCHL) (from Arizona) (Traded Pavel Datsyuk, Pk 16 ’16 to ARZ for Joe Vitale, Pk 53 ’16, Pk 20 ’16)
21 – CAROLINA HURRICANES – Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or, QMJHL)
22 – PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – German Rubtsov (RUS U18, MHL) – (from Winnipeg) (Traded Pk 18 ’16 and Pk 79 ’16 to WPG for Pk 22 ’16, Pk 36 ’16)
23 – FLORIDA PANTHERS – Henrik Borgstrom (HIFK Jr., FIN-Jr.)
24 – ANAHEIM DUCKS – Max Jones (London, OHL)
25 – DALLAS STARS – Riley Tufte (Fargo Force, USHL)
26 – ST. LOUIS BLUES – Tage Thompson (U-CONN, NCAA H-East) (from Washington) (Traded Pk 28 ’16 to STL for Pk 26 ’16, Pk 87 ’16)
27 – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Brett Howden (Moosejaw, WHL)
28 – WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Lucas Johansen (Kelowna, WHL) (from St. Louis) (Traded Pk 26 ’16 to WSH for Pk 28 ’16, Pk 87 ’16)
29 – BOSTON BRUINS – Trent Frederic (USA U18, USHL)
30 – ANAHEIM DUCKS – Sam Steel, (Regina, WHL)

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2015 NHL Entry Draft – Washington Capitals

INS: Ilya Samsonov (Pick 22, Magnitogorsk 2, RUS-JR), Jonas Siegenthaler (Pick 57, Zurich, SUI), Connor Hobbs (Pick 143, Regina, WHL), Colby Williams (Pick 173, Regina, WHL)


Drafting Samsonov, allows them to give him the time to develop, whilst thet still have Braden Holtby. Not the best of drafts, considering they only had four picks. But then again, not the worst either.


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2014 NHL Entry Draft – Washington Capitals

These are the players drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft

Round – Pick – Player Chosen – Junior/Club/College Team

ROUND 1 – PICK 13 – Jakub Vrana – Linkoping (SWE)
ROUND 2 – PICK 39 – Vitek Vanecek – Liberec Jr. (CZE-JR.)
ROUND 3 – PICK 89 – Nathan Walker – Hershey (AHL)
ROUND 5 – PICK 134 – Shane Gersich – USA U-18 (USHL)
ROUND 6 – PICK 159 – Steven Spinner – Eden Prarie (HIGH-MN)
ROUND 7 – PICK 194 – Kevin Elgestal – Frolunda Jr. (SWE-JR.)

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Why The Capitals are Falling!

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Oh the Washington Capitals. If your a fan then these just arent troubling times, its that we know these times all so well. If you hate the Capitals, then you’re pretty much enjoying the 6 game loosing streak. The Capitals not only have a great coach but they have a great team. I will go through a few points as why I think the Capitals are going along theyre loosing ways. For once i wish that the capitals can get on top and stay on top. Now remember this is just my point of view. I’m not a professional writer, BUT i have the Washington Capitals inked all over my body. So if anything, I might know a little about them.



First, no one can blame the captain or the coaching staff. they have been doing everything to get this team on the right path. when Oates came into the picture he had a team who didn’t know which direction to go. Adam was able to get through to this team at least he did to Ovechkin. now if this was a couple seasons ago i would be blaming this on Ovie. Going for a second straight year in a row he has great hopes of capslogobeing #1 goal scorer at the end of the season. when we have needed him to step up, he has! I am more than proud to say our captain is the great 8! Ovie combined with Oates and the coaching staff have been able to solidify a great power play and great one timers from the great 8!



Second, our defense needs to provide more. Carlson and Green have been stepping it up and our rookie D’s are doing good, but we need better depth. They also need better communication. How many times have we lost leads cause our depth and defense wasn’t ready. We need to rely on defense and aggressive defense not offensive D. I think if we were to put some D on the trading block, it might light a fire under their butts! and to stop putting all the pressure under the rookies. Carrick and schmitt shouldn’t be taking all the heat. look at our vets who haven’t been doing anything. More blocked shots, aggressive playing, thats what we need from our Defense.



Third, We HAVE to do something about our goalie situation. i mean keeping 3 goalies on the roster is pointless. I personally think Holtby or Nievirth needs to go. I think Holtby has been way overrated, his GAA is crazy and he doesn’t even try, or at least in my eyes. I have never thought Nievy has ever been starting material. I just dont think he has it in him. If we dont fix our goalie situation, expect us to be watching the playoffs not in it. I think if we had a great vet starting goalie to help the rookies and newbies we would be alot better. i really also want to stop hearing HOLTBEAST, if he was a beast why are we doing so bad, think about it. I want another Kolzig goalie , one that shows pride in that caps jersey and trys his best every night. we have to get this problem fixed.


Last, WE NEED A NEW GM!!!!!!, Mcfee is nothing but a joke, he is the main reason the Capitals are doing so bad. I hope he sees how bad that trade for Erat went. I mean in the past 2 years hes cleared up soo much cap space, what the hell is he doing! you let Hendricks go, what right now we could use him with all these games going to a shootout. You see all these free agents and all these players on the trade block and yet you do nothing. yea lets just sit back and watch our team go down the drain. Thats his attitude. I really hope we can get a new GM soon, if not i really dont see much progress being made. He stands there and does nothing, absolutely nothing. Its a shame to us fans to have to go through it.



Again, these are my opinions, nothing more. No matter what I WILL always be a fan. but im not getting younger and I want us to get that cup. So whatever it is that we need to do, lets do it!!

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Selected first overall in the 2004 NHL entry draft, Alex Ovechkin has had alot to live up.Starting in the 05-06 season and ending it leading all NHL rookies in goals, points, power-play goals, and shots. He finished third overall in the NHL in scoring with 106 points and tied for third in goals with 52. His 425 shots led the league, set an NHL rookie record and was the fourth-highest total in NHL history. Ovie at first seemed like the Capitals savior earning a 13 year $124 million dollar contract at the end of 07-08. And in 09-10 the Caps won the presidential trophy. Then came the slump.

Starting the 2010-2011 season Ovie already looked like he was done early on. Starting caring more about the “rock-star life-style” then the points. Cared more about the social media then being a Captain with a voice. his numbers had gone down, the capitals trying to keep a playoff spot alive. Ovechkin wanted nothing with it. 2 years die hard caps fans had to deal with a captain who didn’t care. A captain who wouldnt skate for the puck, you would’ve thought we had two Semins,lol. You could tell that Alex just didnt care or at least never showed that he did.

Then came the lock-out, finally January of 2013 the lock-out was over and we had a shortened season. any true caps fan will tell you at first we were not excited to see Ovie. The season started for him like it did in the past few years slow, nothing happening. BUT, then Alex starting scoring the capitals going on win streaks, my thoughts were that new coach, Adam Oates, was the one who finally got through. He starting playing rw instead of lw, caps still lost in playoffs but at the end, Alex Ovechkin was a 3 time Rocket Richard trophy winner. Still some non believers, well now in the 2013-2014 season only in december Ovechkin is #1 in goals in the nhl surpassed a personal career milestone scoring 400 career goals. Ovie is finally showing the strength a real captain shows. with the Olympics coming in Ovie’s home i can say this, If Russia wins gold, dont be surprised if the Capitals get a cup shot!ovechkin-hot-stick

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2013 NHL Entry Draft – Washington Capitals

Here is a look at whom the Washington Capitals drafted in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and also any trades they may have partaken in during the draft.

Round – Pick – Player Chosen (position in brackets) – Nationality – Junior/Club/College Team

1 – 23 – Andre Burakovsky (LW) – Austria – Malmo (HockeyAllvenskan)
2 – 53 – Madison Bowey (D) – Canada – Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
2 – 61 – Zachary Sanford (LW) – Canada – Islanders Hockey Club (EJHL)
5 – 144 – Blake Heinrich (D) – United States – Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
6 – 174 – Brian Pinho (C) – United States – St. John’s Prep (USHS)
7 – 204 – Tyler Lewington (D) – Canada – Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)

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On Sunday evening, members of the facebook group, “The Flock” joined forces to discuss the fallout from the 2013 NHL entry draft. We discussed the Seth Jones situation, the Vancouver bombshell, and the future, and so forth. Needless to say, it was a “happening.” With Free Agency Frenzy on our doorstep, this is a must listen for the for the fan’s, by the fan’s perspective on the future of the NHL.


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Nate Thompson Makes a Convincing Argument For Visors

During the tilt between the Tampa Bay Lightning and The Washington Capitals, a Mike Green slap shot shattered Nate Thompson’s visor into pieces. While it cut him open “hardway”, with minor lacerations, One can only imagine how worse this would have been had he not have been wearing a visor. Looking at the proximaty of the shot, and the force behind it, Nate Thompson is a lucky man. Without said visor, he might have lost an eye and/or suffered an concussion.

It’s reasons like this that the “visor issue” is a hot topic in the NHL. I understand that the athletes want to appear tough. But if I was an owner, I’d want my GM to protect my investment by enforcing necessary safety regulations on players. I hate likening the players to cattle, since the the recent lockout is still a very sore topic to allude to… but… a rancher builds a fence and invests in a shot gun to prevent the herd being lost to predators. Why on Earth would an owner not want to prevent paying out massive contracts to I.R. players that take unnecessary risks? Seems dumb to me. But I’m just a fan, so what the hell do I know?

Washington would go on to win the game 6 – 5 in OT.