Robert Picard (1st Round) 6-2 211 defenseman Montreal
Since he was 14, Picard has looked toward an NHL career, and yesterday he referred to hockey as a "duty." Picard's mother came to Capital Centre with a camera to record the proceedings for a lifelong scrapbook and Washington chief scout Red Sullivan said, "I've never spoken to a kid and family so oriented toward hockey. That's all they talk about."
Picard has grown up with the Montreal Canadiens' tradition, playing his junior home games in the Forum and studying the Canadiens as well. "I watch Guy Lapointe," Picard said. "I have the same style as his and he's not a bad defenseman to copy.
Picard totaled 32 goals and 60 assists in the offense-happy Quebec League and Sullivan saw the "need for a little work on his defensive play, but that's to be expected to any young defenseman. Breaking into the NHL on defense is the toughest position to break in, but he can do everything and should be a great hockey player."
With 267 penalty minutes, Picard is no stranger to the physical demands of hockey, and with his size he is rarely outclassed. Mark Lofthouse (2nd Round)
6-1 185 right wing New Westminster
With 54 goals and 58 assists, Lofthouse carried the offensive load for a New Westminster team that won the Memorial Cup despite the loss of its three tops scorers in last year's draft. He was the all-star right wing in the Memorial Cup finals, recording six goals and four assists in five games.
Rated 17th by Central Scouting, Lofthouse was, according to Washington general manager Max McNab, "a little disappointed because he didn't go in the first round." The Capitals, on the other hand, were elated. Lothouse was the last of the class picks, and there was a definite dropoff in talent afterward. Eddy Godin (3d Round)
5-10 187 right wing uebec
Godin, playing on a line with Chicago's second pick, Jean Savard, and the Capitals' No. 4, Nelson Burton, collected 62 goals and 83 assists. He speaks no English and McNab noted that "he might be tough to pry out of there," with the WHA Quebec Nordiques in the bidding. Nelson Burton (4th Round)
6-0 200 left wing Quebec
Burton compiled 398 minutes in penalties, which compared somewhat unfavorably to his 22-goal figure. "Needless to say," Sullivan said anyway, "he is the toughest guy in the Quebec League and could be the strongest and toughest in all junior hockey." Denis Turcotte (5th Round)
5-11 191 center Quebec
A 56-goal, 57-assist season is not bad, even in the Quebec League, Turcotte has a skating problem, but the Capitals think he can overcome it with what McNab called "dogged checking, smart puck handling and a good attitude." Perry Schnarr (6th Round)
5-11 175 right wing U. of Denver
A sophomore who has been the scoring leader in every league in which he has played, Schnarr will be encouraged to remain in school to work on his skating. McNab as kept an eye on Schnarr since the youngster was playing youth hockey in Vancouver. Rollie Boutin (7th Round)
5-9 179 goalie Lehtbridge
Although his goals-against average was 4.45, Boutin was playing for what Sullivan called "a mediocre hockey club. He has seen a lot of rubber, but he's alert and he's a real fighter." Brent Tremblay (8th Round)
6-2 192 defenseman Three Rivers
Tremblay has size but needs to learn to use it, according to Sullivan, who puts the club's fifth Quebec League draftee in the "sleeper" category. Don Micheletti (9th Round)
6-2 205 left wing U. of Minnesota
A freshman who scored only four goals, Micheletti was taken strictly for size and the possibility of future development. Archie Henderson (10th Round)
6-6 218 right wing Victoria
If he can't make the Capitals, Henderson might get a look from the Bullets. His career has been hampered by injuries, but, as Sullivan puts it, "He demands respect when he's out there."