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Gormley: Who the Capitals may draft at No. 22

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Gormley: Who the Capitals may draft at No. 22

With the first round of the NHL entry draft set to begin at 7 p.m. at BB&TCenter in Sunrise, Fla. [NBCSN], here’s a pre-draft guide to get you set up:

Where the Caps pick: The Caps own five picks, starting with the 22nd pick of the first round. Caps general manager Brian MacLellan said he plans on selecting a player with the pick – unless, of course, he can package it for a top-line right wing. The Caps traded their second-round pick in the Curtis Glencross trade, but have the first pick of the third round at 62nd overall. They also own picks in the fourth round [113th overall], fifth round [143rd overall] and sixth round [173rd overall].

Here’s the complete list [subject to change]:

1. Edmonton Oilers

2. Buffalo Sabres

3. Arizona Coyotes

4. Toronto Maple Leafs

5. Carolina Hurricanes

6. New Jersey Devils

7. Philadelphia Flyers

8. Columbus Blue Jackets

9. San Jose Sharks

10. Colorado Avalanche

11. Florida Panthers

12. Dallas Stars

13. Boston Bruins (from LAK)

14. Boston Bruins

15. Boston Bruins (from CAL)

16. Edmonton Oilers (from PIT)

17. Winnipeg Jets

18. Ottawa Senators

19. Detroit Red Wings

20. Minnesota Wild

21. Buffalo Sabres (from NYI)

22. Washington Capitals

23. Vancouver Canucks

24. Toronto Maple Leafs (from NSH)

25. Winnipeg Jets (From STL via BUF)

26. Montreal Canadiens

27. Anaheim Ducks

28. Tampa Bay Lightning (from NYR)

29. Philadelphia Flyers (from TB)

30. Arizona Coyotes (from CHI)

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Will Caps take a defenseman? Eighteen of the Caps’ first-round picks in team history have been defensemen, but none since 2008 when John Carlson was taken 27th overall.

Three of the last seven defensemen the Capitals have drafted in the first two rounds have reached the NHL (Karl Alzner, John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov) and have combined to play in 944 games for Washington.

Wild West: The Caps has drafted more players from the Western Hockey League in the first round than from any other source (16).

North American pipeline: The Caps have used 40 of their last 56 draft picks to select a player from North America.

Here’s the nationality of Capitals’ draft picks since 2007:

Canada 20

United States 20

Sweden 6

Russia 5

Czech Republic 2

Germany 1

Norway 1

Australia 1

Down on the farm: Washington’s AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, featured 14 players in 2014-15 that were drafted by the Capitals.

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Alex Ovechkin takes home ESPY for Best Male Athlete Award

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Alex Ovechkin takes home ESPY for Best Male Athlete Award

Alexander Ovechkin's offseason continues to be one for the books. 

Just a week removed from celebrating with the Stanley Cup in Moscow, Ovechkin was named Best Male Athlete Wednesday night at the 2018 ESPYs. 

The 32-year-old is the first NHL player to win the award since it was first introduced in 1993. 

"The Great Eight" beat out Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. 

Ovechkin was not in Los Angeles to accept the award.

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Braden Holtby’s save in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup wasn’t even nominated for an ESPY

Braden Holtby’s save in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup wasn’t even nominated for an ESPY

On Wednesday night ESPN hosts their yearly sports award show, the ESPYs, to celebrate the best of the last 365 days in sport. 

One thing they will not be celebrating, or did not even consider celebrating, was Braden Holtby’s save in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final

This year there were 16 plays nominated to be the “Best Play” and were seeded into a bracket. For the past month fans have been voting in each head-to-head matchup culminating in four pretty outstanding plays:

All of those plays can be viewed here

Three of those four were in a championship game, the other was a just a once in a lifetime play from a teenager. 

But the ESPYs are saying that there are 16 plays from this past year that were better than Holtby’s save… Can we really believe that? Everyone loves buzzer beaters, but they accounted for six of the 16 plays. One of them could have easily gotten bumped. 

And aside from the three listed above there were only two that were in the championship event for each sport. Holtby could have rounded it out for six.

We’re not saying that Holtby’s play was the best in the past year, or even in the top four. Heck, there should be no one that tops Ogunbowale’s incredible heroics. But arguably the best play in D.C. sports history not making the top-16 for best plays in a 365 day period? 

It must have been one heck of a sports year.  

For those that are nominated, Alex Ovechkin is a finalist for Best Male Athlete and Best NHL Player. The Capitals are in the running for Best Team.

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