Seventh Round, 205th overall – Benjamin Casavant, left wing, P.E.I. (QMJHL). Born Sept. 2, 1991. 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, shoots right.
The Caps closed out their 2009 Entry Draft with the seventh-round selection (205th overall) of Benjamin Casavant, a left wing from P.E.I. of the QMJHL. Casavant was 185th in the Central Scouting Bureau’s midterm rankings; he was 162nd at season’s end.
The Caps chose two players from the WHL, one each from the OHL, the QMJHL and the USHL and on each from Sweden and Russia. Central Scouting Bureau (ranked 162nd among North American skaters):
Red Line Report (ranked No. 90): “Huge, powerful winger with a laser wrist shot and soft passing touch. His offensive skills dictate that he should go in the top two rounds, however his skating is the major blemish in his game that will knock him down a couple rungs on the draft ladder. Has really soft, quick hands for a big man, and seemingly eyes in the back of his head – knows where all his mates aren’t expecting them. Uses big body to gain and hold position down low in the slot. Unfortunately, he has lead in his boots with zero acceleration or lateral agility, and the top end gear of a Yugo climbing Mount Everest. Could become a top six NHL forward if he can make major improvements in his skating. Not a huge banger, but will give and take hits to make a play.” Projection: Slow-footed 2nd line scorer. Style compares to: Andrew Brunette