ARLINGTON, Va., – The Washington Capitals will pick 23rd overall in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the National Hockey League announced today.
Washington has previously held the 23rd pick in the first round on two occasions. In 2006 the team selected goaltender Simeon Varlamov, and in 1995 the team drafted left wing Miika Elomo. The last time the Capitals first selection of the draft was later than 23rd was 2001, when Washington’s first pick of the draft was No. 58 in the second round.
The Capitals enter this year’s draft with eight picks in the seven-round Entry Draft, including a first-round selection and three picks in the second round. This year’s Entry Draft will take place on June 20-21 at Scotiabank Place in Kanata, Ontario, home of the Ottawa Senators.
Below is a listing of the first-round draft order for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft:
1. Tampa Bay 16. Boston 2. Los Angeles 17. Calgary 3. Atlanta 18. Ottawa 4. St. Louis 19. Columbus (from Colorado) 5. New York Islanders 20. New York Rangers 6. Columbus 21. New Jersey 7. Toronto 22. Edmonton (from Anaheim) 8. Phoenix 23. Washington 9. Nashville (from Florida) 24. Minnesota 10. Vancouver 25. Montreal 11. Chicago 26. Buffalo (from San Jose) 12. Anaheim (from Edmonton) Picks 27-28: Clubs eliminated in Conference Finals, in inverse order of points 13. Buffalo 29. Stanley Cup Final runner-up 14. Carolina 30. Stanley Cup champion 15. Nashville
First-Round Order of Selection Criteria: Picks 1-14: Results of 2008 NHL Draft Drawing held April 7 Picks 15-22: Clubs eliminated in first two rounds of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs who did not win their division during the regular season, in inverse order of points Picks 23-26: Clubs eliminated in the first two rounds of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs who won their division during the regular season, in inverse order of points