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Capitals Make Six Selections on Second Day of 2016 NHL Draft

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals selected center Garrett Pilon (87th overall), left wing Damien Riat (117th overall), left wing Beck Malenstyn (145th overall), left wing Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (147th overall), defenseman Chase Priskie (177th overall) and defenseman Dmitriy Zaitsev (207th overall) on the second day of the 2016 NHL Draft, held Saturday at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. On Friday, the Capitals selected defenseman Lucas Johansen with the 28th overall selection in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Pilon, 18, was ranked 109th overall among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. The 5’10”, 175-pound center registered 47 points (15 goals, 32 assists) in 71 games with the Kamloops Blazers (WHL) last season. Pilon registered 13 multi-point games in 2015-16, including a three-point performance (two goals, one assist) on Sept. 26 against Kelowna. The Kindersley, Saskatchewan, native led Kamloops in game-winning goals (6) last season, ranked second in power-play assists (14), fourth in games played, fifth in assists, sixth in points and tied for sixth in goals. In addition, Pilon ranked second among WHL rookies in game-winning goals, ninth in assists and tied for ninth in points. His father, Rich Pilon, was drafted 143rd overall by the New York Islanders in 1986 and skated in 631 career NHL games with the Islanders, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.

Riat, 19, was ranked 84th overall among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting. The 6’0”, 172-pound left wing registered 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 45 games with the Geneve Servette of the National League A in Switzerland last season. Riat ranked tied for sixth on the team in goals in 2015-16, tied for eighth in points and tied for ninth in assists. The Geneva, Switzerland, native has represented Switzerland at the World Junior Championship (2016), U18 World Championship (2014, 2015) and Ivan Hlinka Memorial (2013, 2014). This is the second consecutive year the Capitals have drafted a player from the National League A (2015: Jonas Siegenthaler, Zurich). 

Malenstyn, 18, was ranked 73rd overall among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. The 6’2”, 191-pound left wing registered 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) in 70 games with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) last season. Malenstyn ranked third on the team in games played and ninth in points and assists in 2015-16. He has earned 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) in 126 career WHL games with Calgary. The Delta, B.C., native earned three points (two goals, one assist) in five games with Canada at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial. 

Jonsson-Fjallby, 18, was ranked 92nd overall among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting. The 6’0”, 170-pound left wing registered 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 39 games with Djurgarden (Sweden-Jr.) in 2015-16. Jonsson-Fjallby is the fifth Swedish player drafted by Washington since the 2012 NHL Draft. The Stockholm, Sweden, native earned four points (two goals, two assists) in seven games with Sweden at the 2016 U18 World Championship. 

Priskie, 20, was ranked 126th overall among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. The 6’0”, 185-pound defenseman recorded 26 points (four goals, 22 assists) in 43 games with Quinnipiac University (NCAA) last season. Priskie tallied four multi-point games in 2015-16, including three assists on Nov. 7 at Cornell. The Pembroke Pines, Fla., native ranked sixth on the team in assists, seventh in points and eighth in plus/minus (+15) last season. 

Zaitsev, 18, registered 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 53 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (NAHL) last season. The 6’0”, 184-pound defenseman led Knights defensemen in points, goals and assists in 2015-16. Zaitsev represented Russia at the 2016 U18 World Championship. Prospect Pages
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