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