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Garrett Pilon said he typically avoids fighting, unlike his father, who'd been in scores of them as an NHL player.

The Capitals made six selections on Day 2 of the NHL Draft, but their splashiest move was the acquisition of center Lars Eller.

Eller is an answer for a team that prioritized upgrading the bottom-six forward corps.

The last time the Capitals had the 26th overall pick, they drafted Evgeny Kuznetsov.

"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.

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