Washington Capitals drafts 2004 through 2011

Beginning with the 2004 draft, the Washington Capitals' focus shifted to building the team around home-grown prospects -- starting with star left wing Alex Ovechkin. Using games played and impact at the NHL level, the 55 players Washington chose between 2004 and 2009 have been rated on a scale of 0 to 5. (Players chosen in 2010 and 2011 were not evaluated because it is far too soon to tell how they might pan out. NCAA and CIS players do not have a rating.)

An NHL mainstay and key player.

A player with a consistent place in an NHL lineup.

Players who have appeared in at least 20 NHL games but are still on the bubble, or young players who appear to be on a promising trajectory.

A player who has yet to make his NHL debut but has a consistent spot in an AHL lineup.

Players who have yet to find a consistent place in an AHL lineup.

No stars: Players who never came to North America, who have turned pro and did not play at least at the ECHL level in 2011-12 or is no longer on an NHL path.

Yr. Rd. (Overall) Name NHL games Current/last team Rtg.
2004 1 (1) Alex Ovechkin, F 553 Caps
2004 1 (27) Jeff Schultz, D 373 Caps
2004 1 (29) Mike Green, D 398 Caps
2004 2 (33) Chris Bourque, F 33 Boston Bruins org.
2004 2 (62) Mikhail Yunkov, F 0 Moscow Spartak (KHL) 0
2004 3 (66) Sami Lepisto, D 176 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl(KHL)
2004 3 (88) Clayton Barthel, D 0 Arizona (CHL) in 10-11 0
2004 5 (132) Oscar Hedman, D 0 Timra (Swedish Elite League) 0
2004 5 (138) Pasi Salonen, F 0 SM Liiga Assat (Finland) in 10-11 0
2004 6 (166) Peter Guggisberg, F 0 Davos (Swiss) 0
2004 7 (197) Andrew Gordon, F 49 Chicago Wolves (AHL) Vancouver org.
2004 8 (230) Justin Mrazek, G 0 Union College NCAA in 07-08 0
2004 9 (263) Travis Morin, F 4 Texas Stars (AHL) Dallas org.
2005 1 (14) Sasha Pokulok, D 0 Medvescak Zagreb (Austria) 0
2005 1 (27) Joe Finley, D 5 Rochester Americans (AHL) Buffalo org.
2005 4 (109) Andrew Thomas, D 0 Binghamton Sens (AHL) Ottawa org.
2005 4 (118) Patrick McNeill, D 0 Hershey (AHL)
2005 5 (143) Daren Machesney, G 0 Hershey (AHL) and South Carolina (ECHL)
2005 6 (181) Tim Kennedy, F 112 San Jose org
2005 7 (209) Viktor Dovgan, D 0 HK Sarov (VHL, Russian B league) 0
2006 1 (4) Nicklas Backstrom, F 365 Caps
2006 1 (23) Semyon Varlamov, G 112 Colorado Avalanche
2006 2 (34) Michal Neuvirth, G 108 Caps
2006 2 (35) Francois Bouchard, F 0 Conn. Whale (AHL)NYR org.
2006 2 (52) Keith Seabrook, D 0 San Antonio Rampage (AHL) Florida org.
2006 4 (97) Oskar Osala, F 3 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (KHL) 0
2006 4 (122) Luke Lynes, F 0 Univ. New Brunswick (CIS) --
2006 5 (127) Maxime Lacroix, F 0 Hershey (AHL) and South Carolina (ECHL)
2006 6 (157) Brent Gwidt, F 0 Univ. Nebraska (NCAA) --
2006 6 (177) Mathieu Perreault, F 120 Caps
2007 1 (5) Karl Alzner, D 215 Caps
2007 2 (34) Josh Godfrey, D 0 Binghamton Sens (AHL) Ottawa org.
2007 2 (46) Theo Ruth, D 0 Springfield Falcons (AHL) Columbus org.
2007 3 (84) Phil DeSimone, F 0 Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) Montreal org
2007 4 (108) Brett Bruneteau, F 0 Univ. of Vermont (NCAA) --
2007 5 (125) Brett Leffler, F 0 Univ. of Regina (CIS) --
2007 6 (154) Dan Dunn, G 0 Dayton Gems (Central HL) 0
2007 6 (180) Justin Taylor, F 0 Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
2007 7 (185) Nick Larson, F 0 Univ. of Minn. (NCAA) --
2007 7 (199) Andrew Glass, F 0 Carleton Univ. (CIS) --
2008 1 (21) Anton Gustafsson, F 0 Langnaw (Swiss) 0
2008 1 (27) John Carlson, D 186 Caps
2008 2 (57) Eric Mestery, D 0 Out of hockey 0
2008 2 (58) Dmitry Kugryshev, F 0 CSKA Moskva (KHL) 0
2008 4 (93) Braden Holtby, G 21 Caps and Hershey (AHL)
2008 5 (144) Joel Broda, F 0 Houston Aeros (AHL) Wild org.
2008 6 (174) Greg Burke, F 0 Univ. New Hampshire (NCAA) --
2008 7 (204) Stefan Della Rovere, F 7 Peoria Rivermen (AHL)St. Louis org.
2009 1 (24) Marcus Johansson, F 149 Caps
2009 2 (55) Dmitry Orlov, D** 60 Caps
2009 3 (85) Cody Eakin, F** 30 Caps and Hershey (AHL)
2009 4 (115) Patrick Wey, D 0 Boston College (NCAA) --
2009 5 (145) Brett Flemming, D** 0 Hershey (AHL) and South Carolina (ECHL)
2009 6 (175) Garrett Mitchell, F** 0 Hershey (AHL)
2009 7 (205) Benjamin Casavant, F 0 Epinal (France) 0

**2011-12 was first year pro

It's too early to gauge how the players selected in the 2010 and 2011 drafts will fare. Kuznetsov is the top prospect from the previous two drafts. It's uncertain when he might come to North America but McPhee insists the young Russian is worth waiting for. Grubauer is expected to move up to the AHL in 2012-13. Galiev will turn pro next season as well after a strong junior career with Saint John.

Year Rd. (Overall) Name Team Age, projected path Contract Status
2010 1 (26) Evgeny Kuznetsov, F Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL) 20, signed for in KHL through 13-14 season unsigned
2010 3 (86) Stanislav Galiev, F# Saint John (QMJHL) Turns pro in 12-13 EL deal thru 14-15
2010 4 (112) Philipp Grubauer, G** Hershey/SC 43 GP in ECHL in 11-12, expected in Hershey for 12-13 EL deal thru 14-15
2010 5 (142) Caleb Herbert, F Univ. Minn. Duluth 20, in NCAA for near future unsigned
2010 6 (176) Samuel Carrier, D Baie Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL) Caps opted not to sign him, relinquished rights --
2011 4 (117) Steffen Soberg, G Valerenga (Norway) in 12-13 18, unclear when he'll arrive in N.A. unsigned
2011 5 (147) Patrick Koudys, D RPI (NCAA) 19, in NCAA for near future unsigned
2011 6 (177) Travis Boyd, F Univ. Minn (NCAA) 18, in NCAA for near future unsigned
2011 7 (207) Garrett Haar, F Western Michigan (NCAA) 18, in NCAA for near future unsigned

**2011-12 was first year pro; #turns pro in 12-13

By Katie Carrera - The Washington Post. Published June 21, 2012.