The NHL Draft takes place on June 21 and 22. The Capitals hold the 25th overall pick and will be looking for future stars among all the hopeful prospects.
But just how successful has Washington been in finding those stars? How much value have the Caps found through the draft?
NBC Sports Washington will be looking at how Washington has drafted over the last 10 years. Today’s draft: 2011
26th overall pick (first round): Traded to the Chicago Blackhawks
No first-round pick for Washington in this draft as the Caps traded their pick away for Troy Brouwer. There was no other part to that deal, Washington got Brouwer for a first-round pick, straight up. That seems…steep.
Brouwer played 293 games for Washington with 83 goals and 69 assists. He was certainly a productive player, but not the kind of game-changer you would hope when giving up a first-round pick. His time with the Caps ended in 2015 when he was part of a package the team sent to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for T.J. Oshie.
Chicago used the pick to select forward Phillip Danault. Danault only played 32 games for the Blackhawks and was traded to the Montreal Canadiens along with a second-round pick for Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann. Danault has carved out a role for himself in Montreal and set a career-high with 53 points last season.
57th overall pick (second round): Traded to the Carolina Hurricanes
Ah, the infamous Joe Corvo trade. Not the Caps’ best moment.
Let’s see if you can follow this one. Washington traded this draft pick plus Oskar Osala and Brian Pothier to the Hurricanes for Corvo at the 2010 trade deadline. Carolina flipped the pick and a sixth-rounder to the New York Rangers for Bobby Sanguinetti in June 2010. A year later, New York sent the pick with another second-round pick and Roman Horak to the Calgary Flames for Tim Erixon and a fifth-round pick. Calgary finally decided to keep the pick and took defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon.
Wotherspoon only played in 30 NHL games. Though only 26, he spent both of the last two seasons in the AHL and it looks like a long minor-league career may be the ceiling at this point.
87th overall pick (third round): Traded to the Florida Panthers
Once again, the Caps traded away their pick. This time, Washington sent the pick to the Florida Panthers, along with Jake Hauswirth, for defenseman Dennis Wideman.
Wideman was decent for the Caps and even made the All-Star Game in 2012. He was eventually traded to the Calgary Flames for Jordan Henry and a fifth-round pick. That pick was packaged and sent to the Winnipeg Jets in an exchange of draft picks at the 2013 draft.
117th overall pick (fourth round): Steffen Soberg G
Washington actually kept this pick and finally made its first draft selection in the fourth round…and it was not a great one. Soberg never made it out of Norway and continues to play in his native country.
147th overall pick (fifth round): Patrick Koudys D
After playing four years at Penn State, Koudys played one year in the ECHL and one year in France.
177th overall pick (sixth round): Travis Boyd F
Washington would have walked away from this draft empty-handed if not for finding value in the sixth round in Boyd. Finding an NHL player that late in the draft is hard to do so this was a solid pick-up.
Boyd has played in 61 NHL games with five goals and 16 assists. He will look to take on a more significant role with the Caps next season.
207th overall pick (seventh round): Garrett Haar D
Haar’s professional career consists of four seasons in the ECHL. He did not make it past that level.
This draft was a total bust for the Caps. That was partly by design as the team traded away its top three picks in their pursuit of the Cup, but when you consider the Caps only got Troy Brouwer, Joe Corvo and Dennis Wideman in return…wow this year was a real whiff.
The only saving grace is finding Boyd in the sixth round, but he alone is not enough to save this draft. If you want to lump in the fact that Brouwer helped the team acquire Oshie, sure, you could say that, but we are really stretching at that point to find the positives.
When you look at the players in this draft, there was definite value to be found pretty much in every round. The Caps got Boyd and that’s about it.
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