Diving Into The Draft

To me, the NHL Awards Show puts an end to the hockey season and the NHL Entry Draft begins the next one. The Caps closed out the 2007-08 season with a flourish, with Alex Ovechkin (Hart, Pearson) and Bruce Boudreau (Adams) both earning major awards on Thursday. The Caps and Capitol File magazine co-hosted a great celebration for Alex on Friday night at Teatro Goldoni in the District. A great time was had by all.

Now, it’s time to look forward. Today starts draft week, and our special Capitals Report Entry Draft podcast will air live today on washingtoncaps.com at 2 p.m. 

Here’s what you can expect:

* A synopsis of Caps GM George McPhee’s comments from his Monday morning press conference in which he will field draft-related questions

* A visit with Matt Ebbs, general manager of International Scouting Services (www.isshockey.com)

* A visit with Kyle Woodlief, chief scout for Red Line Report (www.redlinereport.com)

You can join Brett Leonhardt and myself live at 2 p.m. as we take your questions for Matt and Kyle in a show we expect to last anywhere from 90-120 minutes. If you can’t listen live but would like to send in a question or two, just email them to us at capitalsreport@washcaps.com. Our AOL IM handle for those of you listening live is “capitalsreport.”

The 2008 draft class is said to be one of the best in recent years, and the Caps currently hold four choices in the first two rounds. Join us later today to discuss some of the players in this year’s draft and some of the ins and outs of scouting and drafting strategy.

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2 Comments on “Diving Into The Draft”

  1. Mike L Says:

    This draft is interesting in that there is a clear #1 pick, but after that there is a log jam of very good players who can help a team either in 2008-09 or 2009-10. Steven Stamkos will go #1 barring Tampa’s complete loss of any common sense, but after Stamkos, there are a bunch of guys who in an ordinary year would be in the top 10-15 picks. It is a *very* deep draft, and every one picking in the first round should get a quality player who can be a part of a good team. This is a year to have a lot of picks, and the Caps having 4 in the first 2 rounds will do pretty well.

    Would love to have a shot at Stamkos…maybe the Caps can parlay 2-3 of their early picks in a trade with Tampa. Probably not. Fortunately the Caps are not in a position that they need the players they get to come in right away and play. There are already enough players in Hershey that are NHL ready to fill in some missing pieces if need be (Bourque, Lepisto, etc.)

  2. Mike L Says:

    Hey Mike, the rumor mill is full of stories about the Pens moving Malkin to LA for the #2 pick tomorrow. Any news or thoughts on that?

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