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Blueline Blues

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
In researching and writing the piece about the Capitals’ defense that is currently up on, I was startled by something I had not previously realized. In both 2004 and 2005, the Caps chose a pair of defensemen in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft. That in itself is not so startling, but I was stunned when I realized that between Brendan Witt (11th overall) in the first round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft and Steve Eminger (12th overall) in the first round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the Caps had taken only two defensemen in the first rounds of those eight drafts in between.
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