ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals selected defenseman Lucas Johansen with the 28th overall selection in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft on Friday at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Johansen, 18, registered 49 points (10 goals, 39 assists) in 69 games with the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) last season. The 6’2”, 176-pound defenseman added eight points (two goals, six assists) in 18 playoff games to help the Rockets reach the Western Conference Championship Series. Johansen led Kelowna blueliners in points, goals and assists in 2015-16 and ranked third among WHL defensemen in power-play assists (25). He recorded nine multi-point games last season, including a three-point performance (one goal, two assists) on Jan. 9 against Tri-City. Johansen has earned 57 points (11 goals, 46 assists) in 134 career WHL games with Kelowna.
The Port Moody, B.C., native is the younger brother of Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen. Johansen and Capitals prospect Madison Bowey were teammates with Kelowna in 2014-15 and helped the Rockets win the WHL championship. Other defensemen to play for Kelowna include Shea Weber (Nashville), Duncan Keith (Chicago), Tyson Barrie (Colorado), Tyler Myers (Winnipeg) and Luke Schenn (Los Angeles). Johansen is the fifth WHL player and sixth defenseman the Capitals have selected since the 2013 NHL Draft. He is the first player in franchise history to be selected at number 28 overall.
The Capitals acquired the 28th (Johansen) and the 87th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for the 26th pick (Tage Thompson) in the 2016 NHL Draft.