The Washington Capitals have to decide who among their numerous free agents they will be keeping before they can figure out who to draft. George McFee holds the 11th and 16th picks and has never been afraid to draft Russian talent. Given the roller coaster of the last couple seasons with two coaches exiting, Ovechkins spiraling numbers and predictable second round exits in the playoffs this might be Mcfee’s last draft if he doesn’t hit one out of the part.
Washington struggled a lot last season. At times it didn’t look like they would even make the playoffs. Owning the two high picks they do is the results of some sharp trades. The goaltending situation appears to have firmed up in favor of Brayden Holtby, but other rookie netminders have come in, stolen the show and then fallen face first into the orchestra pit.
Depth is probably what the team needs most. Second line players who can if needed be shifted downwards, and second pairing defensemen. Offensively they were only 14th in the NHL last year, but that number is still solid enough to be a huge concern when you factor in all the injuries.
Teuvo Teravainen would likely be the smallest man on the roster if he broke camp next season with the Capitals. It could happen. Brendan Gaunce, is a bit more substantial a player, and just as likely to be around. Tom Wilson is an impressive player who could do a lot of good. Defensively, Dalton Thrower and Brady Skjei and Olli Matta are all attractive options. A major team overhaul might be in the offing as well.