Since Capitals general manager George McPhee believes the upcoming NHL draft is deeper than most, hes decided to take Colorados second-round pick this year instead of waiting until next year.
In last years trade that sent goaltender Semyon Varlamov to the Avalanche, the Capitals received Colorados first-round pick this year 11th overall and the option of taking the Avs second-round pick this year or in 2013.
If we wait a year it might be higher, it might not, McPhee said. Is it worth the wait? Or do you go ahead and pick?
The Caps opted to take this years draft choice and now will pick 54th overall with the pick obtained from Colorado. They traded their own second-round pick to the Devils, along with Dave Steckel, in last years deal for Jason Arnott.
The Caps have stockpiled 11 picks in the seven-round draft, which will take place June 22 and 23 in Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center. McPhee said that although hes had trade talks with other general managers his intent is to keep most of his picks and continue to build the Capitals through the draft.
We like the draft a lot and we like what we think we can get at 11th and 16, McPhee said. There seem to be more top quality defensemen than forwards. We have a lot of picks this year, so well be making a lot of picks.
McPhee has the option of packaging each of the Capitals first-round draft picks to acquire an impact player or make a pitch for Edmontons No. 1 pick overall, expected to be Russian star Nail Yakupov, but said hes not leaning in that direction.
The plan right now is to make the picks, McPhee said. Well see what develops. You have lots of discussion about the draft itself and you have lots of discussion with the teams around the league about what theyre doing with their personnel.
I expect more of that talk. Everybodys planting their seeds this week and well see what they reap next week as a result. It will pick up as we move along.
The Caps also have one pick in the third round 77th overall, two in the fourth round 100th and 107th overall, one in the fifth round 137th overall, one in the sixth round 167th overall, and three in the seventh round 195th, 197th and 203rd overall..
The Caps extra pick in the fourth round came from the Winnipeg Jets in the deal that sent Eric Fehr to the Jets.
Their two extra picks in the seventh round came from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Keith Seabrook in a 2009 trade for future considerations, and from the Penguins in exchange for the rights to Tomas Vokoun.
First Round 11th and 16th
Second Round 54th
Third Round 77th
Fourth Round 100th and 107th
Fifth Round 137th
Sixth Round 167th
Seventh Round 195th, 197th, 203rd