PITTSBURGH Want to get to know the Capitals 10 draft picks a little better?
The following are capsules on the players selected by the Capitals, along with some analysis from Ross Mahoney, the clubs director of scouting.
Round 1 11 Filip Forsberg, C, 6-1, 188, Leksand, SwedenNoteworthy: Split the season between Leksand and its junior team, totaling 8 goals, 9 assists in 43 games. Won silver medal at the 2011 World Under-18 Championships, recording 4 goals, 2 assists in six games. Models his game after Peter Forsberg, but is not related.
Maloneys take: One of the better prospects in this years draft. Very fortunate he was there for us.
Round 1 16 Thomas Wilson, RW, 6-3, 205, Plymouth, OHLNoteworthy: Recorded 9 goals, 18 assists and 141 penalty minutes and a plus-17 rating in 49 games for Plymouth during an injury-plagued (sprained MCL, broken knuckle) season. Added 7 goals, 6 assists in 13 playoff contests. Voted Best Body Checker in the OHLs Western Conference Coaches Poll.
Maloneys Take: A big strong forward, a power forward. More skill than people give him credit for.
Round 3 77 Chandler Stephenson, CLW, 5-11, 190, Regina, WHLNoteworthy: Helped Regina make the playoffs for the first time in four years, recording 22 goals and 20 assists despite missing 14 games with an injury. Named the Pats Most Sportsmanlike Player. His cousin, Joey Kocur, won three Stanley Cups (Detroit: 1997, 1998 and NY Rangers: 1994). Other cousins Shay Stephenson (198th overall in 2003 by Carolina) and Logan Stephenson (35th overall in 2004) by Phoenix) play in the KHL.
Mahoneys take: Smart player, very good hands, can score, can move the puck, good skater, very good athlete.
Round 4 100 Thomas Di Pauli, C, 5-11, 188, US-18, USHLNoteworthy: Born in Italy near the Austrian border, Di Pauli and his family moved to Illinois when he was 13 to allow him to develop his hockey skills. He speaks four languages: English, Italian, Spanish and German. Recorded 10 goals, 10 assists in 51 games for the U.S. Under-18 team and was used primarily in a checking role.
Maloneys take: Honest player, skates well. Has skill, can play the penalty kill and shutdown roles. High character.
Round 4 107 Austin Wuthrich, RW, 6-1, 190, Notre Dame, CCHANoteworthy: Teammates with Thomas Di Pauli on U.S. Under-18 team and will attend Notre Dame with Di Pauli next season. Both are attending summer classes. Finished the regular season with 7 goals, 10 assists in 36 games.
Round 5 137: Connor Carrick, D, 5-11, 185, US-18, USHLNoteworthy: From Orland Park, Ill. Recorded 7 goals, 11 assists in 53 games for U.S. Under-18 team.
Round 6 167 Riley Barber, RW, 5-11, 194, US-18, USHLNoteworthy: From Pittsburgh. His father, Don, was selected 120th overall in 1983 by Edmonton and went on to play in the NHL for Minnesota, Winnipeg, Quebec and San Jose between 1988-89 and 1991-92.
Round 7 195 Christian Djoos, D, 5-11, 158, Brynas, Sweden-Jr.Noteworthy: Split time between three different teams from Brynas this season, totaling 8 goals 29 assists in 48 games.
Maloneys take: Needs to get strong, but very intelligent, good hands, moves the puck very well.
Round 7 197: Jaynen Rissling, D, 6-4, 223, Calgary, WHLNoteworthy: Recorded 5 goals, 18 assists in 55 games for Calgary. Risslings uncle, Gary, signed with the Caps in 1978 before being traded to Pittsburgh in 1981. Gary Rissling played 221 games in the NHL, amassing 1,008 penalty minutes. Jaynens dad, Kelly, played in the Western Hockey League (Portland, Lethbridge) and International Hockey League.
Maloneys take: Good skater, more of a physical player.
Round 7 203 Sergei Kostenko, G, 5-11, 187, Novokuznetsk-2, Russ-Jr.Noteworthy: In 19 games for Novokuznetsk, recorded 3.41 GAA and .884 save percentage.
Mahoneys take: Very athletic, very competitive, played well for Russias Under-20 team.