For all of the relative success that the Capitals have experienced in the Ovechkin era (2005-06-present), they have continuously managed to keep the system replenished despite generally not picking until the latter half of the [...]
  • 28 September 2014:  Michael Bournival #49 of the Montreal Canadiens challenges Nathan Walker #79 of the Washington Capitals during the NHL match at the Bell Centre in Montreal Quebec, Canada.  The Capitals defeated the Canadiens 2-0.
    By Ryan Wagman, August 8th, 2016
    For all of the relative success that the Capitals have experienced in the Ovechkin era (2005-06-present), they have continuously managed to keep the system replenished despite generally not picking until the latter half of the [...]
  • April 11, 2015: Boston University Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (5). The Providence College Friars defeated the Boston University Terriers 4-3 in the final of the Frozen Four, NCAA Division 1 Men's Ice Hockey Championship at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Providence wins their first ever NCAA championship.
    By Ryan Wagman, August 2nd, 2016
    Although not quite to the same extreme, the Boston Bruins have built their system similarly to the Chicago Blackhawks in that they heavily scout and draft players who are destined to play in college. Last [...]
  • April 09, 2016: Nick Schmaltz (8) of North Dakota avoids the stick check and skates by Tommy Schutt (23) of Quinnipiac during the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four championship game between North Dakota and Quinnipiac at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. (Photograph by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)
    By Ryan Wagman, July 21st, 2016
    Looking at the draft histories of most teams will reveal trends if one digs deeply enough. In some cases, there are too many players from a specific junior team for it to be a coincidence. [...]
  • Lucas Johansen of the Kelowa Rockets was selected by the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, NY on Friday June 24, 2016. Photo by Aaron Bell/CHL Images
    By McKeen's Hockey, July 6th, 2016
    Lucas Johansen was a welcome addition to a team that hadn’t drafted a defenceman in the top 50 since John Carlson’s selection in 2008.  He’ll compete for a top-four position in a few years once [...]
  • Boris Katchouk at the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, NY on Saturday June 25, 2016. Photo by Aaron Bell/CHL Images
    By Grant McCagg, July 6th, 2016
    Tampa Bay did a solid job of replenishing their forward depth with three of McKeen’s top 44 prospects joining the fold including 6-2 center Brett Howden, who solidified his standing as a first-round prospect with [...]