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Capitals have excellent track record in draft


Capitals have excellent track record in draft

News and notes as the Capitals’ scouting staff re-assemble this week in Sunrise, Fla., for the 2015 NHL draft at BB&T Center. The first round of the draft will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, followed by Rounds 2 through 7 beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday. NBCSN will carry the first round on Friday night, while NHL Network will pick up the action on Saturday.

Where they pick: The Caps hold the 22nd pick of the first round, followed by picks in the third round [62nd overall], fourth round [113th], fifth round [143rd] and sixth round [173rd].

Remember us?: Last year, the Caps made six selections, including forward Jakub Vrana [first round, 13th overall], goaltender Vitek Vanecek [second round, 39th], and forwards Nathan Walker [third round, 89th], Shane Gersich [fifth round, 134th], Steven Spinner [6th round, 159th] and Kevin Elgestal [seventh round, 1944th]. They have not taken a defenseman in the draft since selecting Madison Bowey in the second round [53rd overall] of the 2013 draft.

Ripe for the picking: Thirteen players who played for the Caps in 2014-15 -- Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky, John Carlson, Eric Fehr, Stanislav Galiev, Mike Green, Philipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby, Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson -- were originally drafted by the Caps.

What’s it worth?: This year marks the first time in franchise history the Capitals have held the 22nd overall selection in the NHL Entry Draft. Other recent notable players to be drafted with the 22nd overall selection include Jordan Eberle [Edmonton, 2008], Max Pacioretty (Montreal, 2007), Claude Giroux (Philadelphia, 2006) and Simon Gagne (Philadelphia, 1998).

Smart picks: Alex Ovechkin ranks first among players drafted in 2004 in goals [475], points [895] and games played [760]. Nicklas Backstrom ranks first among players drafted in 2006 in assists [427] and points [572]. Braden Holtby ranks first among goaltenders drafted in 2008 in games played [178] and wins [101]. In addition, Marcus Johansson ranks fifth among players drafted in 2009 in points [186] and assists [125].

Good track record: Since 2006, a total of 18 of the Caps’ draft picks have appeared in at least one game for the club and have combined to play in 2,792 games for Washington.

Early returns: The Capitals’ 2012 draft class has combined to play in 283 NHL games, ranking first in the NHL.

Goalie factory: During the last five seasons, goaltenders drafted by the Caps have accounted for 167 of the team’s 200 wins [83.5 percent].

Rhymes with Howie: Defensive prospect Madison Bowey captained the Kelowna Rockets to the WHL championship in 2014-15 and led the Rockets to the Memorial Cup final. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound defenseman was taken by the Caps with their second pick in 2013 and was named to the 2015 Memorial Cup All-Star Team. Bowey ranked tied for first at the tournament in assists [5] and tied for second in points [6]. In addition, Bowey led all defensemen at the Memorial Cup in points and assists. Bowey also captured a gold medal with Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. The Winnipeg native earned four points [1 goal, 3 assists] in seven games at the tournament and ranked tied for second among defensemen in points and tied for seventh among all skaters in plus/minus (plus-8).

Euro-friendly: The Caps have drafted a player from Europe in seven consecutive drafts and have drafted 15 European players during that span. Washington has drafted a European player in the first round eight times in the last nine drafts.

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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

Friday featured Dmitry Orlov and his jam-packed schedule with the coveted Stanley Cup.

The 27-year-old native of Russia decided to take the Cup to Novokuznetsk (located in the southwest region of Siberia) for a meet and greet with fans by the Ferris wheel at Gagarin City Park.

It should be mentioned that Orlov's day with the trophy was nearly derailed after a travel glitch that sent the Cup to Novosibirsk instead of his hometown. 

Thanks to the ultimate assist from a helicopter, the Cup arrived in style and set up one memorable entrance for the defenseman. 

Orlov released this hype video which highlights his entire day on Instagram: 

Дорогие друзья! Огромное спасибо, что разделили с нами наш праздник! Для нас это значимое и большое событие! Ещё раз приносим искренние извинения за задержку с кубком! И спасибо за понимание, мы старались сделать все максимально быстро! Спасибо за тёплый приём! Нашим родным, друзьям, тренерам, отдельная благодарность! Вы сделали наш праздник, наш день! Мы никогда не забудем этот праздник! P.S. Лена @govor_elena , тебе и твоим родным, отдельная благодарность, если бы не ваша помощь, то не известно когда бы кубок был в Новокузнецке!

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Talk about a banner weekend for the Washington Capitals. The Ovechkins welcomed their new son, Sergei Aleksandrovich, into the world and Orlov pulled off yet another spectacular day with the Cup.



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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

💛 @aleksandrovechkinofficial #hello #hellorussia @hello__ru

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!