The second round of the NHL Entry Draft here at Xcel Energy Center is moving along quite quickly. While the six remaining rounds are expected to be a model of efficiency, the Capitals have only four picks on the second day of the draft beginning with 117 in the fourth round followed by 147, 177 and 207.
I’ll post updates as the Capitals make their selections in St. Paul, so be sure to check back as things progress throughout the day.
Update: While we wait for Washington’s pick in the fourth round, owner Ted Leonsis has chimed in on the Capitals’ trade for Troy Brouwer. He emphasized how adding a player that can help immediately was in the team’s best interest.
“He will slide right into our line up next season so we add a player immediately,” Leonsis wrote on his blog. “We don’t have to wait to get productivity.”
Check out the full entry on Ted’s Take here.
Update: With pick No. 117 the Capitals added Steffen Soberg (5-11, 176) of Norway to their group of young goaltenders. It’s the third time in the past four drafts that Washington has selected a goaltender in the fourth round (Philipp Grubauer in 2010 and Braden Holtby in 2008).
Soberg, 17, is not in attendance at the draft. No Norwegian goaltender has ever played a game in the NHL.
Update: The Capitals took defenseman Patrick Koudys from Hamilton, Ontario in the fifth round at No. 147.
Update: At No. 177 the Capitals chose center Travis Boyd from the U.S. under-18 squad. He’s bound for the University of Minnesota this fall.
Update: With their final pick — barring a trade -- in this year’s draft the Capitals selected defenseman Garrett Haar, who is bound for Northeastern, at 207.