News and notes as Caps prepare for draft

News and notes as Caps prepare for draft
June 27, 2014, 4:15 pm
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News and notes as the Capitals head into tonight’s NHL draft at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia [7 p.m., NBCSN]:

Nine and counting: The Capitals are one of five NHL teams [Kings, Blues, Stars and Islanders are the others] with nine picks in this year’s seven-round draft. They picked up extra picks in the fourth round [from the Islanders in exchange for Jaroslav Halak] and the seventh round [from Nashville in exchange for Jaynen Rissling]. Since 2006, 16 of the Caps’ draft picks have appeared in at least one game for the Capitals and have combined to play in 2,188 games for Washington.

Youngins: Last season, the Caps’ opening night roster had an average age of 27 years and 65 days old, the eighth youngest roster in the NHL.

Good year: The Capitals’ 2012 NHL draft class has combined to play in 116 NHL games, ranking second in the NHL. Only the Buffalo Sabres [120] have yielded more NHL

games from their 2012 draft class. Tom Wilson registered 10 points [3 goals, 7assists] in 82 games for Washington last season and Connor Carrick recorded six points (1g, 5a) in 34 games.

Homegrown goaltending: During the last four seasons, goaltenders drafted by the Caps have accounted for 125 of the team’s 155 wins [80.6% percent].

Here’s a look where the Caps pick in this weekend’s draft.

Round 1 will take place tonight, with Rounds 2 through 7 beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

[RELATED: Alex Ovechkin wins Rocket Richard trophy]

Capitals 2014 NHL Draft Picks

Round 1: 13th

Round 2: 44th

Round 3: 74th

Round 4:  104th, 118th [from Islanders]

Round 5: 134th

Round 6: 164th

Round 7: 192nd [from Nashville], 194th

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First Round Order of Selection

1. Florida Panthers

2. Buffalo Sabres

3. Edmonton Oilers

4. Calgary Flames

5. New York Islanders

6. Vancouver Canucks

7. Carolina Hurricanes

8. Toronto Maple Leafs

9. Winnipeg Jets

10. Anaheim Ducks [from Ottawa]

11. Nashville Predators

12. Arizona Coyotes

13. Washington Capitals

14. Dallas Stars

15. Detroit Red Wings

16. Columbus Blue Jackets

17. Philadelphia Flyers

18. Minnesota Wild

19. TampaBay Lightning

20. San Jose Sharks

21. St. Louis Blues

22. Pittsburgh Penguins

23. Colorado Avalanche

24. Vancouver Canucks [from Tampa]

25. Boston Bruins

26. Montreal Canadiens

27. Chicago Blackhawks

28. TampaBay Lightning [from NYR]

29. Los Angeles Kings

30. New Jersey Devils