The Capitals have decided to claim the 54th overall pick in the upcoming NHL entry draft, the team announced Friday.
The selection was part of the trade that sent goaltender Semyon Varlamov to Colorado last summer and the Capitals had the option to either take this second-round pick, which was originally Boston’s, or a second-rounder in 2013.
By choosing the former, Washington holds 11 picks — the most of any team — in next week’s draft in Pittsburgh. It marks the first time the Capitals have had more than 10 draft selections since 2004, and it is also the first time they have had two first-round picks (11th and 16th overall) since 2008.
Whether the Capitals elect to keep all of those picks or perhaps package some in trades remains to be seen, but here is the full list of the team’s selections as it stands now.
First round: 11th overall (from Colorado) and 16th overall
Second: 54th (from Boston via Colorado)
Fourth: 100th (from Winnipeg) and 107th
Seventh: 195th (from Calgary), 197th and 203rd (from Pittsburgh)
A few other notes:
** The Capitals announced they have issued qualifying offers to all of their restricted free agents. This allows the team to retain the players’ negotiating rights and gives the Capitals the ability to match any outside offers.
The players and their qualifying offers, each are for one year, are as follows: Mike Green ($5 million), John Carlson ($826,875), Jay Beagle ($577,500), Mathieu Perreault ($577,500), Michael Carman ($577,500), Zach Hamill ($826,875) and Kevin Marshall ($715,000).
** Development camp will run from July 9-14 at KCI. A more detailed schedule will be released later, but all practice sessions and scrimmages are open to the public.