MONTREAL – The Washington Capitals selected six players in the last six rounds of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, held Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee and director of amateur scouting Ross Mahoney and their staff drafted three forwards and three defensemen, joining first-round pick Marcus Johansson
to comprise the team’s 2009 draft class.
In addition, Washington acquired a fifth-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for defenseman Sami Lepisto, who played seven games for the Capitals this season.
Dmitri Orlov, a 6’0”, 197-pound defenseman from Novokuznetsk, Russia, was Washington’s second-round selection, 55th overall. Orlov played 16 games for his hometown team in the Continental Hockey League (KHL) this season. Orlov was named one of Russia’s top three performers at the 2009 Under-18 World Championship.
The NHL’s European Scouting Service calls Orlov “an extremely skilled offensive-minded defenseman with excellent hand-eye coordination. He makes good, hard, tape-to-tape passes and his excellent stickhandling, supported by very efficient small dekes, gains him extra time and space. He isn’t overly physical, but he is noticeably strong.”
In the third round, 85th overall, Washington selected Cody Eakin
, a 5’11”, 176-pound center from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Eakin had 24 goals and 24 assists (48 points) in 54 games with the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Swift Current Broncos in 2008-09. He was named the Broncos’ Rookie of the Year and was the MVP of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top Prospects Game, scoring two goals. Eakin was rated as the No. 29 North American skater in the draft by NHL’s Central Scouting Service.
“Cody is a tremendous skater and a lot of the things he does come from his skating ability,” said Dean Chynoweth, his coach and general manager at Swift Current. “He’s also ultra-competitive, and where he has a lot of success is getting in on the forecheck and chasing and racing for loose pucks. He also uses his speed a lot with the puck on the entries into the offensive zone. His speed also helps him in the defensive zone by catching guys from behind and creating turnovers in situations where guys who don’t skate as well wouldn't be able to do. He beats a lot of guys to the outside and that’s because of his skating ability.”
Washington’s fourth-round selection, 115th overall, was defenseman Patrick Wey
from Waterloo of the United States Hockey League. Wey, who is slated to play college hockey at Boston College for head coach Jerry York (McPhee’s college coach), is a 6’3”, 203-pound native of Pittsburgh, Pa. Wey had 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) in 58 games for Waterloo.Brett Flemming
, a 6’0”, 172-pound defenseman from Regina, Saskatchewan, was Washington’s fifth-round pick, 145th overall. He played 64 games for Missisauga St. Michael’s in the Ontario Hockey League, posting three goals and 25 assists (28 points).
Right wing Garrett Mitchell
was Washington’s sixth-round selection, 175th overall. At 5’10”, 180 pounds, Mitchell is also from Regina, Saskatchewan, and played for the hometown Regina Pats of the WHL. He had 10 goals and five assists (15 points) and 140 penalty minutes in 71 games this season.
Washington closed out the draft with high-scoring left wing Benjamin Casavant in the seventh round, 205th overall. A 6’1”, 213-pound native of St-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Casavant had 39 goals and 41 assists (80 points) in 68 games for Prince Edward Island of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season. Casavant led his team in goals and points and ranked seventh and 12th in the league, respectively, in those categories.
Audio and Video from Montreal: Visit the team’s website, WashingtonCaps.com, for interviews with McPhee, Mahoney, Johansson, Orlov, Eakin, Flemming and Casavant.
Washington Capitals 2009 NHL Entry Draft Picks
Rd. No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Shoots Birthday Birthplace Team
1 24 Marcus Johansson
C 5’11” 189 L 10/6/90 Landskrona, Sweden Farjestad (Sweden)
2 55 Dmitri Orlov D 6’0” 197 L 7/23/91 Novokuznetsk, Russia Novokuznetsk (KHL)
3 85 Cody Eakin
C 5’11” 176 L 5/24/91 Winnipeg, Man. Swift Current (WHL)
4 115 Patrick Wey
D 6’3” 203 R 3/21/91 Pittsburgh, Pa. Waterloo (USHL)
5 145 Brett Flemming
D 6’0” 172 R 2/26/91 Regina, Sask. Missisauga (OHL)
6 175 Garrett Mitchell
RW 5’10” 180 R 9/2/91 Regina, Sask. Reginal (WHL)
7 205 Benjamin Casavant LW 6’1” 213 L 1/21/91 St-Hyacinthe, Que. P.E.I. (QMJHL)