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Capitals select Forsberg with 11th pick

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Capitals select Forsberg with 11th pick

The Capitals once again stretched their arms overseas to select center Filip Forsberg with the 11th pick of the 2012 NHL draft.

Forsberg, 17, recorded eight goals and nine assists in 43 games for Leksand of the Swedish League. He was the top-rated European in the draft.

Scouts rave about Forsbergs mature game and believe he is one of the more developed forwards in the draft. Forsberg was the youngest player on Team Sweden at the 2012 World Junior Championships and helped the Swedes win their first gold medal since 1981. He does not turn 18 until Aug. 13.

Forsberg also helped Sweden capture silver in the 2011 World Under-18 Championships.

Below is a scouting report:

Physical Ability: Forsberg has top notch physical ability for a skater.

Durability: Forsberg rarely gets injured. He is a very tough skater. He can take a lot of hits from defenders without it affecting his game too much.

Awareness: Great awareness at both ends.
Learning Rate: Learns new plays right away.

Hockey IQ: Forsberg is a sharp instinctive skater on the ice.

Intangibles: Forsberg has a variety of intangibles that make him such a unique prospect.
Forsberg is mentally disciplined and committed to the game.

Shooting Power: Forsberg has the shooting power that you look for when it comes to executing slap shots or wrist shots.

Shooting Accuracy: Forsberg has the shooting accuracy to execute a precise back handed shot.

Sniper: Forsberg is a really effective sniper at getting the puck in.

Playmaker: Forsberg does a good job making plays finding open teammates.

Two Way Forward: Forsberg can be used as a left winger or a center. He prefers the left wing role.

Power Forward Ability: Forsberg can be used like a power forward.

Grinder: Forsberg is an effective enforcer. He is good at be used as a grinder.

Athleticism: Forsberg has amazing athleticism.

Skater: Forsberg is arguably one of the best skaters in the Allvenskan Swedish Hockey League.

Discipline: Forsberg is very disciplined for an NHL prospect. I do not believe he is as mentally disciplined as Landeskog yet though.

Top-line Talent: Forsberg has line 1 talent.

NHL Ready: Forsberg is NHL ready. He could be this years Gabriel Landeskog.

Potential: Forsberg has the potential to become a quality top-line 1 two way forward at left wing in a few years.

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

Alan May knows a thing or two about the trade deadline.

Over the course of his NHL career, May was traded five total times, four at the trade deadline. He sits down with Rob Carlin on a special edition of the Capitals Extra Podcast to tell stories from his playing days about what it was like getting traded.

This one's a can't miss for hockey fans. You can listen to the episode here on the Capitals Extra page or with the player below.

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NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?

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NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?

The Hart Trophy is given to the player judged to be the most valuable to their team. With the Caps currently struggling in almost every aspect of the game, consider this: Just where would they be without Alex Ovechkin?

Washington ranks 10th in the NHL in goals per game with 3.05. Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals with 36. He has scored an incredible 19-percent of his team's goals. No one on the Caps is within 20 goals of the Caps' captain.

That's not a typo. Evgeny Kuznetsov ranks second on the team with 16 goals. No other team in the league has a larger separation between its top two scorers. In fact, only three teams have a difference that's in the double digits: Vancouver (11), San Jose (10) and New Jersey (10).

Ovechkin is almost singlehandedly propping up Washington as a top-ten offense. If you think about just where this offense would be without him, there's a pretty strong case to be made that Ovechkin is as valuable to his team this season as any other player in the league.

SEE THIS WEEK'S 2018 NHL AWARDS TRACKER HERE

Here are the Caps' hopefuls for awards this season:

John Carlson

In contention for: Norris

Carlson is fifth among all defensemen with 45 points, but his case goes beyond the numbers. With a blue line that has featured two rookies the majority of the season, an aging veteran in Brooks Orpik and that had to deal with an injury to Matt Niskanen, the Caps have asked a lot of Carlson this season and he has always been up to the task.

Alex Ovechkin

In contention for: Hart

Few players, if any, are as important to their team's offensive production and therefore its success than Ovechkin has been this season.

Check out who the top candidates are for the league's major individual awards in this week's 2018 NHL Awards Tracker!