With the 11th and 16th overall picks, Capitals fans can only hope that the 2012 NHL entry draft in Pittsburgh on June 22 and June 23 produces the kind of talent that came out of the famed class of 2003.
Of the 30 players taken in the first round of that 2003 draft, five played prominent roles in the Stanley Cup Final between the Kings and Devils.
Jeff Carter 11th overall by Philadelphia, Dustin Brown 13th overall by L.A., Steve Bernier 16th overall by San Jose, Zach Parise 17th overall by New Jersey and Mike Richards 24th overall by Philadelphia all came out of that 2003 class.
That draft also produced Stanley Cup winners Marc-Andre Fleury 1st overall, Pittsburgh, Eric Staal, 2nd overall, Carolina, Nathan Horton 3rd overall, Boston and Corey Perry 28th overall, Anaheim.
Many believe that 2003 draft class rivals the one in 1979, which featured Mark Messier, Ray Bourque, Mike Gartner, Glenn Anderson, Dale Hunter, Michel Goulet, Brian Propp, Neal Broten, Rick Vaive, Guy Carbonneau and Kevin Lowe.
The Caps 11th and 16th are one of three NHL teams with multiple first-round picks. Tampa Bay will pick 10th and 19th and Buffalo will pick 12th and 21st.
Columbus also could have two first-round picks. They have the No. 2 pick and hold an option to take Los Angeles' pick. The Blue Jackets acquired the rights to the pick in the Carter trade, and can take the Kings' first pick this year or next, or trade the option.
With the Stanley Cup Final now completed, here is the first-round order of selection:
4. N.Y. Islanders
10. Tampa Bay
11. Washington (from Colorado)12. Buffalo
17. San Jose
19. Tampa Bay (from Detroit)
21. Buffalo (from Nashville)
25. St. Louis
28. N.Y. Rangers
29. New Jersey
30. Los Angeles