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Capitals 2015 NHL Draft Guide

by Capitals PR / Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals hold the 22nd overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, which begins

on Friday, June 26 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., and will be televised on NBC Sports

Network at 7 p.m. Rounds 2-7 will take place on Saturday and will be televised on NHL

Network at 10 a.m. The Capitals currently hold five picks in the seven-round draft. Last year,

the team made six selections, including forward Jakub Vrana with the 13th overall selection.


Round 1 - 22

Round 3 - 62

Round 4 - 113

Round 5 - 143

Round 6 - 173


Homegrown – Thirteen players (Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky, John

Carlson, Eric Fehr, Stanislav Galiev, Mike Green, Philipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby, Marcus

Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson) who played for the Capitals

in 2014-15 were originally drafted by Washington.

Catch 22 – This year marks the first time in franchise history the Capitals have held the 22nd

overall selection in the NHL Entry Draft. Washington held the 22nd pick in the 1974 NHL

Expansion Draft and selected defenseman Joe Lundrigan from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Other

recent notable players to be drafted with the 22nd overall selection include Jordan Eberle

(EDM, 2008), Max Pacioretty (MTL, 2007), Claude Giroux (PHI, 2006), Simon Gagne (PHI,

1998) and Brian Boucher (PHI, 1995).

Top of Their Class – Alex Ovechkin ranks first among players drafted in 2004 in goals (475),

points (895) and games played (760). Nicklas Backstrom ranks first among players drafted in

2006 in assists (427) and points (572). Braden Holtby ranks first among goaltenders drafted in

2008 in games played (178) and wins (101). In addition, Marcus Johansson ranks fifth among

players drafted in 2009 in points (186) and assists (125).

Quantity and Quality – Since 2006, 18 of Washington’s draft picks have appeared in at least

one game for the Capitals and have combined to play in 2,792 games for Washington.

Immediate Impact – The Capitals 2012 NHL Draft class has combined to play in 283 NHL

games, ranking first in the NHL.

Homegrown Goaltending - During the last five seasons, goaltenders drafted by Washington

have accounted for 167 of the team’s 200 wins (83.5%).

Early Returns – Capitals prospect Madison Bowey captained the Kelowna Rockets to the

WHL championship in 2014-15 and led the Rockets to the Memorial Cup final. The 6’1”, 202-

pound defenseman was selected by Washington in the second round, 53rd overall, in the 2013

NHL Draft and was named to the 2015 Memorial Cup All-Star Team. Bowey ranked tied for

first at the tournament in assists (5) and tied for second in points (6). In addition, Bowey led all

defensemen at the Memorial Cup in points and assists. Bowey also captured a gold medal with

Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. The Winnipeg native earned four points

(1g, 3a) in seven games at the tournament and ranked tied for second among defensemen in

points and tied for seventh among all skaters in plus/minus (+8).

European Union – The Capitals have drafted a player from Europe in seven consecutive drafts

and have drafted 15 European players during that span. Washington has drafted a European

player in the first round eight times in the last nine drafts.

Bringing Home the Hardware – Players drafted by Washington have been selected to the

NHL All-Star Game 29 times while playing for the Capitals and have won the following

individual awards:

Hart Trophy – Alex Ovechkin (2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13)

Art Ross Trophy – Alex Ovechkin (2007-08)

Vezina Trophy – Olie Kolzig (1999-00), Jim Carey (1995-96)

King Clancy Memorial Trophy – Olie Kolzig (2005-06)

Ted Lindsay Award – Alex Ovechkin (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10)

Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy – Alex Ovechkin (2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13, 2013-14,


Calder Memorial Trophy – Alex Ovechkin (2005-06)

Hockey Hall of Fame – Mike Gartner (2001), Scott Stevens (2007)

Drafting D – Eighteen of Washington’s first-round picks in team history have been

defensemen. Three of the last seven defenseman the Capitals have drafted in the first two

rounds have reached the NHL (Alzner, Carlson, Orlov) and have combined to play in 944

games for Washington.

Western World – Washington has drafted more players from the Western Hockey League

in the first round than from any other source (16).

North American Pipeline – Washington has used 40 of its last 56 draft picks to select a

player from North America.

Down on the Farm – Washington’s AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, featured 14 players

in 2014-15 that were drafted by the Washington Capitals.

Let’s Make A Deal – The Capitals have made 23 trades on draft day, including one in each of the last seven years.

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