After trading down two spots and picking up a third-round pick, the Capitals have taken defenseman Lucas Johansen with the 28th pick of the NHL draft.
Johansen, 18, is the younger brother of Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen and was ranked 26th on Central Scouting’s list of North American skaters.
Johansen, a native of Port Moody, British Columbia, put up 10 goals and 39 assists in 69 games for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, a program that has produced star defensemen Shea Weber and Duncan Keith. Capitalas defense prospect Madison Bowey also played in Kelowna.
Johansen stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 176 pounds. His greatest attributes are his skating and passing abilities, but will need to get stronger to play in the NHL.
Before selecting Johansen, the Caps traded the 26th pick overall to the St. Louis Blues for the 28th selection and the 87th pick overall.
The Caps had gone into the draft without a pick in the second and third rounds and moved quickly by acquiring center Lars Eller from the Montreal Capitals for second-round picks in 2017 and 2018.
Just before the draft began the Capitals announced they had agreed to new two-way contracts for minor-leaguers Paul Carey and Aaron Ness.
Carey, 27, signed a one-year contract. He scored his first NHL goal on Feb. 6 when he netted the game-tying goal in the Capitals’ win over the New Jersey Devils.
Ness, 26, signed a two-year deal. He recorded two assists in eight games with the Caps last season, making his Caps debut on Jan. 2.
Both players are expected to play for the AHL Hershey Bears next season.
Carey was selected by Colorado in the fifth round, 135th overall, in the 2007 NHL draft and has registered two points (one goal, one assist) in 26 career NHL games with Colorado and the Caps.
Carey netted 13 goals and 18 assists in 44 games with the Bears in 2015-16. He has earned 127 points (55 goals, 72 assists) in 232 career AHL games with Lake Erie, Providence and Hershey.
Ness has registered five points (one goal, four assists) in 37 career NHL games with the Islanders and Caps. Ness earned 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) in 62 games with the Bears last season, ranking second among Bears defensemen.
Ness earned 12 assists in 21 playoff games with Hershey, leading all AHL defensemen in playoff assists. Ness has registered 150 points (29 goals, 121 assists) in 342 career AHL games with Bridgeport and Hershey.