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If the Caps hold onto No. 22, who will they take?

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If the Caps hold onto No. 22, who will they take?

Let’s assume the Capitals are hesitant to part with what the Chicago Blackhawks reportedly are seeking for right wing Patrick Sharp – a first-round pick, a top-level prospect and a top six forward on an entry-level contract [which is a ridiculous asking price, by he way] – and will keep their 22nd overall selection of Friday night’s NHL draft.

Which players might be available when the Caps come to the draft stage at BB&TCenter in Sunrise, Fla.?

We bounced around from one mock draft to another and found quite a few possibilities for the Caps, who have kept their first-round pick in 12 of their last 13 drafts. In the coming days, we’ll preview some of the players who could be available when the Caps pick at No. 22, while also looking at a handful of trade possibilities [Kyle Okposo, T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams, Radim Vrbata?] in their search for a veteran top-line forward.

The folks at Sportsnet.ca think Jeremy Roy, a defenseman from Sherbrooke of the Quebec League would be a good fit, while a pair of hockey writers at CSNPhilly.com are split between Swedish center Joel Eriksson Ek of Farjestad, and defenseman Thomas Chabot from St. John of the Quebec League.

In fact, of the mock draft websites we visited, Chabot was the only player who appeared twice among the Caps’ selections at No. 22. Draftside.com also had Chabot going to Washington.

Over at NESN.com, the Caps are expected to take left wing Jake DeBrusk from Swift Current of the Western League, while Bleacher Report predicts the Caps will go for defenseman Oliver Kylington, who also plays for Farjestad.

The folks at MyNHLDraft envsion the Caps taking Russian left winger Yevgeni Svechnikov from Cape Breton of the Quebec League, while DraftUtopia has the Caps going for center Colin White of the U.S. National Development Program.

[MORE CAPS: You won't 'beliebe' who Ovechkin met in Vegas]

For those who consider yourselves NHL Draft geeks, give us your pick and why.

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

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