Washington Capitals July 31-in-31

Pat Quinn

2017-07-30

WASHINGTON CAPITALS JULY 31-in-31 2017 

The Capitals had a light draft, with only four picks, and concentrated those picks in prospect areas they are already deep on. Three of the four Capitals picks were defensemen and all are definitely not locks to ever to make the NHL as they were taken in the fourth to seventh rounds. I do thank the Capitals for making my write up short(ish) and sweet! 

 

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2017 Draft results

 

4th Round, 120 Overall – D – Tobias Geisser (Zug EV, Swiss-A)

The Capitals went back to Switzerland (where they appear to be going to more and more) to grab two-way defender Geisser. Some scouts had this pick as too high and others had this as the steal style quality. Geisser was converted from a forward to a defenseman this season as well which explains the massive point drop. He owns a strong shot but was said to look nervous on the back end with pressure and the puck on his stick. He will be a project that could end up a great pick if he eventually makes the NHL, the next season will help tell this tale. Geisser was ranked as the 119th-best prospect by ISS Hockey, 163rd by Future Considerations and 30th for European Prospects by the NHL’s Central Scouting Service.

 

5th Round, 151 Overall – D – Sebastian Walfridsson (MODO, Sweden Jr.)

Walfridsson is a player that has a strong transition game, and is a smart player, but does not project to be anything more than a mid to bottom pairing defenseman. The only time Walfridsson has eclipsed double-digit points was back in 2012-2013. He is more of a late pick that could be a safe pick, than a boom or bust style player, which is never a bad thing when you want to fill the depth out on your roster.

 

6th Round, 182 Overall – D – Benton Maass (Fairbanks Ice Dogs, NAHL/USHS)

Maass was a slight steal in the sixth round as he was one of the stand out players from the United States High School league. He is a good defender and can transition the puck well. From the three Capital defense selections he probably has the same upside offensively as Geisser but likely not the ability to take over games the way Greisser may. There is still a chance he could turn out to be the best of the Capitals four picks.

 

7th Round, 213 Overall – RW – Kristian Roykas-Marthinsen (Almtunas IS, Allsvenskan)

Roykas-Marthinsen was a great final round pick for the Capitals. The pick was reminiscent of recent late Washington picks from the fourth and fifth rounds that could have a chance to be offensive contributors in the NHL (i.e. Damien Rait, Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, and Shane Gersich). RM is a sniper out of Norway that honestly went later in this draft than he should have. He has scored at every level and in the U18’s put up eight points, five of them goals, in five games for Norway.

*3 out of 4 players drafted were European? Don Cherry would hate this draft strategy!

 

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Aside: No idea why the Capitals kept the older (and now more expensive) player in TJ Oshie over the cheaper and younger Marcus Johansen, but I digress…

 

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Development Camp

 

Roster

No.

Name

Position

2016-17 Team

Acquired

89

ANDERSON, Tyler

D

Prince George (BCHL)

Free Agent

84

BINDULIS, Kristofers

D

Lake Superior State (NCAA)

Free Agent

81

CARLSON, Adam

G

Lake Superior State (NCAA)