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Looking back at the Capitals’ 2011 NHL Draft: A lost year


Looking back at the Capitals’ 2011 NHL Draft: A lost year

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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Capitals vs. Ducks Game 23: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Capitals vs. Ducks Game 23: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

It is Week 10 of the hockey season.

The Capitals are sitting at 15-2, having just added another win after their last game against the Boston Bruins, a dramatic 3-2 shootout victory. 

The Capitals will be hosting the Anaheim Ducks at the Capital One Arena Monday night. Currently, the Ducks have a 10-9 record, just beating the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Saturday. 

Now, here is all the information you need to know in order to watch Monday night’s game.


What: Washington Capitals vs. Anaheim Ducks

Where: Capital One Arena

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals vs. Ducks game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Ducks on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, SiriusXM Channel 91, Streaming 920


6:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

7:00 PM: NHL: Anaheim Ducks @ Capitals

9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

10:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live

10:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live



C Nick Dowd, upper body, out

LW Carl Hagelin, upper body, out


D Hampus Lindholm, undisclosed, injury reserve

RW Ondrej Kase, jaw injury, day-to-day 



John Carlson, D: John Carlson's eight goals make him the team's highest-scoring defender, and his 24 assists lead the Capitals.

Alex Ovechkin, LW: Ovechkin leads the team with 14 goals this season. Ovechkin also is in fourth on the team with 10 assists.


Jakob Silfverberg, LW: Team-leader in goals made this season racking up nine goals. Tied for the most assists, with eight. 

Rickard Rakell, C: Contributed 14 points, the second-most on the Ducks, and shares the tie with eight assists. 


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Caps finally solve Halak for improbable shootout win

Caps finally solve Halak for improbable shootout win

The Capitals needed a goal from T.J. Oshie with less than a minute remaining to force overtime on Saturday where they would go on to defeat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in a shootout.

It looked like Jaroslav Halak would once again pull off a miraculous win as he turned aside 42 shots, but the Caps kept up the pressure late to tie the game and get back in the win column.

Saturday's win is now Washington's 15th in the last 16 contests against the Bruins.

Here is how the Caps won.

Boyd makes the most of his opportunity

On Friday, Travis Boyd was a Hershey Bear. With Nic Dowd and Carl Hagelin both injured but without enough money under the cap for Boyd, the Caps recalled Tyler Lewington on Friday and skated seven defensemen and only 11 forwards against the Montreal Canadiens. On Saturday, the team sent Lewington and Ilya Samsonov to Hershey and recalled Vitek Vanecek and Boyd. The extra cap space the team gained from Vanecek taking Samsonov's spot allowed them to recall Boyd and skate four full forward lines. The impact of Boyd's addition was felt in the first period when Boyd scored a deflection to beat Halak and get the Caps on the board.

In seven games with the Caps this season, Boyd has one goal and four assists.

Caps get their power play setup on 6-on-5

For much of the night, the Caps just could not figure out Halak. They poured on the shots, but he was there each time and looked like he would be able to lead his team to the narrow victory. Late in regulation, the Caps pulled Braden Holtby for the extra attacker and the Caps gave Boston a power play look.

Washington had its top power play unit on the ice plus Tom Wilson. The goal looked like one right out of the power play's playbook with Evgeny Kuznetsov behind the goal line feeding Oshie in the slot. Oshie is great at getting those quick shots away from in close and he finally beat Halak with 59 seconds remaining.

Oshie was instrumental in setting up the goal as well as he blocked a clearing attempt from Zdeno Chara with his glove to keep the puck in the offensive zone just seconds before Kuznetsov set him up for the goal.

Backstrom and Vrana deliver in the shootout

Washington scored only twice on the shootout, but that would be all they needed.

The normally automatic Oshie was stopped on his shootout attempt putting Washington behind early on.I n a score-or-go-home situation for Nicklas Backstrom, he managed to sneak a shot in between the glove and the pad of Halak to force extra rounds of the shootout. Then Jakub Vrana pulled off one of the nices shootout goals you will ever see.