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Caps Draft History: 1983 Entry Draft

The Caps didn't even have a pick until the middle of the fourth round.

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The 1983 Entry Draft crop was thought to be a thin one overall, and in retrospect, it certainly turned out that way from a Washington standpoint. In the first draft run by David Poile, the Caps didn't even have a pick until the middle of the fourth round. Center Tim Bergland was the first pick of the Poile era and the best pick the Caps made in 1983. He knocked around the Caps system for several seasons with no lasting success.

Several players who would become fixtures (and some who would become Hall of Famers) in the NHL were selected in the first round. The Islanders took Pat LaFontaine with the third overall pick. He was followed by Steve Yzerman (fourth), Tom Barrasso (fifth), John MacLean (sixth), Russ Courtnall (seventh) and Cam Neely (ninth).

Among notable picks in the later rounds were: Claude Lemieux (26th), Bob Probert (46th), Esa Tikkanen (82nd), Gary Galley (103rd), Kevin Stevens (112th), Rick Tocchet (125th), Dominik Hasek (207th) and Uwe Krupp (223rd). Hartford picked Joe Reekie with the 128th pick but he did not sign with the Whalers and re-entered the draft in 1985.

The St. Louis Blues, plagued by serious financial woes, did not participate in the draft. Each time the Blues' turn came around, they were passed in favor of the next club.

Hindsight is 20/20: As you can see from the above list of excellent NHLers drafted in the later rounds in '83, the Caps could have done better. Tikkanen would have been a nice pick at 77 and solid NHL forwards like Dave Lowry and Christian Ruuttu (not to mention Stevens and Tocchet) were still on the board when the Caps took Martin Bouliane. Pelle Eklund was still on the board when the Caps selected Hutton and Abrams. Four picks after the Caps took Cowan, Chicago nabbed Brian Noonan. And the Caps could have taken Hasek and Krupp instead of Beaudoin and Raymond, but the same could be said for every other NHL club. Except, of course, for St. Louis.



Tim Bergland
U. of Minn. grad played 182 games with Caps. Active as a pro through 1998-99.


Martin Bouliane
Played junior hockey for Granby; played for Canadian National team. Never turned pro.


Dwaine Hutton
Played for Canadian National team and spent five seasons as pro in IHL and ECHL.


Marty Abrams
Drafted from the Toronto Marlboros, never turned pro.


David Cowan
Played college hockey at U. of Minnesota-Duluth, never turned pro.


Yves Beaudoin
Played three pro seasons in North America, had 11-game NHL and Caps career.


Alain Raymond
Played four pro seasons. NHL career lasted one game (40 minutes).
Anders Huss
Never played pro hockey in North America.

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