The Capitals made a splash on draft night, and they’re not afraid to show how they did it.
Washington made one of the most intriguing picks of the 2020 NHL Draft on Tuesday when it traded its first- and third-round picks to the Calgary Flames for the No. 22 overall selection, which the Capitals used to take Canadian center Hendrix Lapierre after injury concerns caused him to slide in the draft.
On Wednesday, the team posted a video to its social media accounts that showed clips of the Capitals’ war room from throughout the evening. The footage included GM Brian MacLellan’s phone call with the Flames discussing terms for the pick as well as conversations between Capitals brass about what they saw in Lapierre before drafting him.
“As the draft is moving along, you’re looking at your list and you’re looking at the players that are being taken and if you have a player like we did with Hendrix where we had him rated very high and you don’t think he’s going to be there [by your pick], now the general manager is making calls,” Assistant General Manager Ross Mahoney said in the video.
After the Flames traded back from their original spot at 19th overall, the Capitals saw an opportunity to pounce if Calgary was willing to move back just two more spots. MacLellan called up Flames GM Brad Treliving and offered him the 24th and 80th overall picks for No. 22. A few seconds later, MacLellan gave his team the thumbs up as he got the yes from Treliving.
The video also cut to an interview with Lapierre, who admitted to receiving a call from his agent saying to get ready — though he wasn’t told which team would be taking him.
“I didn’t know what that meant if it was like the next five picks or the next pick,” Lapierre said. “Then Washington just said my name and it was amazing.”