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Capitals Make Three Selections on Second Day of 2015 NHL Draft

by Capitals PR / Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals selected defensemen Jonas Siegenthaler (57th overall), Connor Hobbs (143rd overall) and Colby Williams (173rd overall) on the second day of the 2015 NHL Draft, held Saturday at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. On Friday, the Capitals selected goaltender Ilya Samsonov with the 22nd overall selection in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Siegenthaler, 18, was ranked 12th overall among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting. The 6’2”, 220-pound defenseman registered three assists in 41 games with the Zurich Lions of the Swiss League in 2014-15 and led the team in penalty minutes (39). In 2012-13, Siegenthaler registered 14 points (2g, 12a) in 34 games for Zurich’s junior team to win the Swiss Elite Jr. A Championship and also helped the under-17 team to a title with two assists in five postseason contests. The Zurich, Switzerland, native recorded four assists in seven games at the 2015 Under-18 World Championship with Switzerland and was named to the tournament all-star team. Siegenthaler also represented Switzerland at the 2015 World Junior Championship and the 2013 and 2014 Under-18 World Championships.

Hobbs, 18, was ranked 72nd overall among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. The 6’0”, 187-pound defenseman split the 2014-15 season between the Medicine Hat Tigers and the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Hobbs earned two points (1g, 1a) in 12 games with Medicine Hat last season and 16 points (1g, 15a) in 33 games with Regina. The Regina, Saskatchewan, native represented Canada at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and the 2014 World Junior A Challenge.

Williams, 20, has spent the last five seasons (2010-15) with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The 5’11”, 191-pound defenseman earned career-highs in goals (11), assists (30), points (41) and penalty minutes (95) in 64 games with Regina last season. Williams ranked second on the team in penalty minutes and tied for fifth in assists. In 192 games with the Pats, Williams has registered 92 points (20g, 72a) and 249 penalty minutes.

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