"I think we had a good year, but good is the enemy of great," Trotz said. "We’ve got to find a way to be great somehow.”
The Capitals made just four selections for only the second time in franchise history, but added blue-line depth to the organization.
Washington sent its third- and fourth-round picks to New York Rangers for a player it coveted as a first-rounder.
“Our scouting staff as a whole, individually and as a whole, were more than happy to be able to call his name," assistant GM Ross Mahoney said.
And some Capitals notes on Marcus Johansson, Joel Ward, Tim Gleason and John Erskine.
Washington isn't interested in drafting by need.
Forward Joel Ward is likely to test the free agency waters on July 1, and team president Dick Patrick shares his thoughts on the past season.
The Caps have found value in the 20s before and they claim they're keeping this year's pick, but Mahoney cautioned, "You never know."
The Capitals hold five picks in the 2015 NHL draft, including the No. 1 pick in the third round, but none at all in the second.
The Australian is one step closer to reaching the NHL.