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

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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.

Takeaways

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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T.J. Oshie meets up with Seattle Jr hockey players after game in Arizona

T.J. Oshie meets up with Seattle Jr hockey players after game in Arizona

Despite a 3-1 loss to the Coyotes as the Capitals continue their west coast swing, there was one good thing to come out of Saturday night.

Even after a disappointing game, T.J. Oshie took some time to visit with a young group of hockey players from the Seattle Jr Hockey Association, a minor hockey league located in the Pacific Northwest. The team happened to be in town as they participated in a travel tournament.

While this is already enough to make one smile, there's a deeper connection between Oshie and the SJHA that makes it even better. Oshie, who grew up in Washington, got his start in hockey playing in the same league as the kids he visited with. With them being in Phoenix, Oshie got the surprise opportunity to re-connect with his humble beginnings and make some young hockey players very happy.

The Caps performance on Saturday didn't give many reasons to feel good, but this moment provided by Oshie is something that will cheer anyone up.

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Capitals at Golden Knights: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

Capitals at Golden Knights: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

The Washington Capitals continue their road trip, heading to Vegas looking for recover from an 3-1 attack to Antti Raanta and the Arizona Coyotes Saturday night. 

While the Caps look for a win, Alex Ovechkin looks to make history, joining the 700 goal club. Ovi currently sits just two goals short at 698 goals and has not scored a goal in four straight games now but that can change in no time. 

The Caps will face Marc-Andre Fleury and the Golden Knights on Monday night at 6 p.m. Fleury earned the victory in the net for Vegas after collecting 19 saves in their shut out game over New York Islanders. The Golden Knights have won their last two games by one goal. 

Here is everything you need to know about the Monday night game, which takes place at 6:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington. 

CAPITALS at GOLDEN KNIGHTS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals at Golden Knights, Game 59 of the 2019-20 NHL Regular Season

Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV 

When: Monday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals at Golden Knights game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder Link)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals at Golden Knights on NBC Sports live stream page and on the MyTeams App.

Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, 106.7 The Fan FM

CAPITALS at GOLDEN KNIGHTS TV SCHEDULE

5:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

5:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

6:00 PM: Capitals at Golden Knights

7:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

9:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live

10:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live

CAPITALS at GOLDEN KNIGHTS INJURY REPORT

Capitals: Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Upper body, day-to-day

Golden Knights: Alex Tuch, RW, Leg, Week-to-week

CAPITALS at GOLDEN KNIGHTS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals (40-17-57): Sitting at 698 goals, Ovi remains on the brink of making history with 700 goals. As soon as Ovechkin reaches that mark he’ll be ranked among the greats including Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe and Jaromir Jagr.  

Braden Holtby, G, Capitals (21-12-4): Despite the Caps loss on Saturday Braden Holtby was by far the best player on the ice. Holtby stopped 28 of 30 shots during a 3-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Golden Knights (22-14-5): Fleury came in clutch earning a shutout by stopping all 19 shots that he faced in a 1-0 win against the New York Islanders on Saturday. Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his fourth shutout of the season and the 60th of his career.

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