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Capitals Select Five Players After Third Round of 2006 NHL Entry Draft

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

Capitals acquire draft pick from New York Rangers

Washington, D.C. – June 24, 2006 – The Washington Capitals made five selections in rounds three through seven of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft this evening in Vancouver, bringing the day’s total to 10 draft picks.

Washington also traded one selection, swapping the 137th pick – originally acquired from Vancouver – for the New York Rangers’ fourth-round selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Washington made two selections in the fourth round, choosing forward Oskar Osala of Mississauga of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the 97th pick of the draft. Osala, a native of Vassa, Finland, is 6’4”, 217 pounds and recorded 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists) in 68 games in 2005-06. He played for Team Finland in the 2004 Under-18 World Championship.

With the 122nd pick the Capitals chose forward Luke Lynes of Brampton from the OHL. A 6’0”, 195-pound left-hand shot, Lynes was born in Rochester Hills, Mich., but resides in Ellicott City, Md. Lynes had 62 points (34 goals, 28 assists) in 65 games for Brampton this season, where he was a teammate of another Capitals draft pick, goaltender Darren Machesney.

Five picks later, at 127, the Capitals selected Maxime Lacroix, a left wing from the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Lacroix posted 47 points (25 goals, 22 assists) in 70 games for the Remparts, who won the Memorial Cup as the champions of the Canadian Hockey League.

The Capitals made their final two selections of the draft in the sixth round. Brent Gwidt, a center from Minocqua, Wis., was taken with the 157th pick of the draft. Gwidt, who stands 6’2”, 198 pounds, recorded 64 points (41 goals, 23 assists) in 21 games for Lakeland High School.

Washington’s final pick of the draft, at 177 overall, was Mathieu Perreault, a 5’8”, 151-pound forward with Acadie-Bathurst of the QMJHL. Perreault had 52 points (18 goals, 34 assists) in 62 games in 2005-06.

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Washington Capitals 2006 NHL Entry Draft Selections
Round No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthplace 2005-06 Team
1 4 Nicklas Backstrom C 6-0 183 Gavle, Sweden Brynas (Sweden)
1 23 Simeon Varlamov G 6-1 183 Samara, Russia Yaroslavl 2 (Russia 2)
2 34 Michal Neuvirth G 6-0 174 Usti Labern, Cze. Rep. Sparta Jr. (Czech Jr.)
2 35 Francois Bouchard RW 6-0 180 Sherbrooke, Quebec Bale Comeau (QMJHL)
2 52 Keith Seabrook D 6-0 198 Delta, B.C. Burnaby (BCHL)
4 97 Oskar Osala LW/C 6-4 217 Vassa, Finland Mississauga (OHL)
4 122 Luke Lynes C/LW 6-0 195 Rochester Hills, Mich Brampton (OHL)
5 127 Maxime Lacroix LW 6-0 180 Quebec City, Quebec Quebec, (QMJHL)
6 157 Brent Gwidt C 6-2 198 Minocqua, Wis. Lakeland H.S. (USHS)
6 177 Mathieu Perrault C 5-8 151 Drummondville, Que. Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)
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