Welcome to the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
The Capitals have eight picks in today's draft, beginning with the 23rd overall. Will they keep it and draft a defenseman? A forward? A goalie?
Will they trade it for an established NHL player? Will they move up?
Will they accommodate defenseman Jeff Schultz with a trade?
We'll keep you updated here throughout the day. Enjoy and keep the conversation going...
2 p.m. Chants of Mar-ty erupt as Martin Brodeur makes his way onto the draft floor after being selected to be on the cover of EA Sports NHL2014.
2:45 p.m. NHL takes roll call of team. Fans boo L.A., last yer's Cup winner, the Wild, because of Zach Parise, and Philly. But the biggest boos are for the Rangers.
3:05 p.m.: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman takes the stage and says it feels like a home game for him. Fans hardly let him speak the boos are so strong.
3:10 Avs pull no surprises and take Nathan MacKinnon with the first pick of the draft.
3:12 Florida Panthers up now and make surprise of the drat by taking big center Alex Barkov. Wow. Everyone expected Seth Jones to go there with the second pick
3:18 Lightning up next. Each team has 3 minutes to make their selection. Take Jonathan Drouin. Seth Jones must be wondering what's going on.
No. 4: Nashville takes Seth Jones, who lets out a big exhale
No. 5: Carolina picks C Elias Lindholm, who was ranked 7th by the ISS
No. 6: Calgary picks C Sean Monahan, who was ranked No. 9
No. 7: Edmonton takes D Darnell Nurse
No. 8: Buffalo selects D Rasmus Ristolainen
At No. 9: Devils make the trade of the day – so far – by trading the No. 9 pick overall to Vancouver for goaltender Cory Schneider. Fans who were earlier chanting “Marty’s Better” go wild. Looks like Luongo is staying in Vancouver after all.
At No. 9: Canucks take center Bo Horvat.
No. 10: Dallas makes RW Valeri Nichuskin the first Russian taken in the draft.
No. 11: Philadelphia selects D Samuel Morin, the biggest player taken so far at 6-foot-6.
No. 12: Phoenix selects Max Domi, son of Tie and the first of Dale Hunter’s OHL London Knight to be drafted.
4:25 Islanders trade Nino Niederreiter to Minnesota for Cal Clutterbuck and the No. 70 pick. Clutterbuck will be a hit – literally – in the new/old Patrick Division.
No. 13: Winnipeg selects D Joshua Morrissey from Prince Albert
No. 14: Columbus selects C Alexander Wennberg. Another possible Caps selection disappears.
No. 15: New York Islanders take D Ryan Pulock. That’s six defensemen and seven centers taken so far. Still no goalie taken. Nikita Zadorov, ranked 8th by ISS, still on the board
No. 16: Buffalo must have noticed that as well. Select Nikita Zadorov.
4:50 Through 16 picks, only one American has been taken, Seth Jones, by Nashville at No. 4. Nine Canadiens, Two Swedes, two Finns and two Russians.
No. 17: Ottawa selects C Curtis Lazar, top ranked player still available at 12th by ISS. Still no goalie.
4:55 Bettman: “I’ve got another trade to announce…”Detroit trades their 18th pick overall to San Jose for Picks No. 20 and No. 58.
No. 18: San Jose selects D Mirco Mueller, another prospect we thought might be available for the Caps at 23.
No. 19: Columbus selects Kerby Rychel, 6-1, 205-pound LW from Windsor OHL. Columbus still has one more pick this round.
No. 20: Red Wings [from San Jose] take of Quebec League LW Anthony Mantha, a 6-4, 190-pounder. LW Hunter Shinkaruk, ranked 13th by the ISS, still available.
No. 21: Toronto selects defensive defenseman Frederic Gauthier.
No. 23: Caps select Andre Burakovsky, LW originally from Austria playing in the Swedish league. Burakovsky has appeared in 43 games with Malmo of the second tier Swedish League.
No. 24: Vancouver selects Hunter Shinkaruk
No: 25: Montreal selects Mike McCarron, a 6'5" right winger from Gross Point, MI, surprising many, including himself, for the first-round selection.
No. 26: Anaheim selects Shea Theodore, an offensive defenseman currently playing for Seattle in the WHL.
No. 27: Columbus takes Marko Dano, a center from the Russian league.
No. 28: Calgary selects Morgan Klimchuck, LW out of Regina
5:50 Burakovsky addresses the media:
6:00: Waiting for Adam Oates. Some background on Burakovsky: Andre was born in Austria where his father was a professional hockey player. Grew up in Sweden. Compared his game to Nick Backstrom. Says he didn't get much ice time this season and had to prove to his coach that deserved more ice time. Took phone call from Alex Ovechkin and smiled the whole time. Says he needs to get stronger and thinks he's two years away from NHL.
No. 29: Dallas selects center Jason Dickinson from the OHL.
No. 30: Chicago finishes out the first round by selecting American right winger Ryan Hartman
6:45: Adam Oates saying he talked with Vinny Lecavalier about coming to Washington.
7:08: Caps select defenseman Madison Bowey at No. 53.
7:29: Caps trade third, fourth and fifth round picks for No. 61 and picks Zachary Sanford, who has committed to Boston College
No. 61: Caps select American left winger Zachary Sanford:
After addressing the media, Caps first-round pick Andre Burakovsky received a call from Alex Ovechkin:
8:48 Madison Bowey addresses the media:
9:02: A few key items from George McPhee's press conference:
- According to multiple reports, Vinny Lecavalier spent the past 48 hours meeting with several NHL teams, including Philly, Detroit, Anaheim and Toronto. Oates would love to see him in D.C. on a line with Laich/Erat on his left and Brouwer on his right.
- McPhee told us Oates is the only member of the Caps who talked with Lecavalier. He said the key for any amnestied player should be the team, not what he makes on the contract.
- McPhee also said he does not have an appetite to dive into the free agent market, which he says is not rich in talent. At least not yet.
- McPhee still trying to trade Jeff Schultz and sais he has had some interest.
- McPhee also said he tried to get into the top eight, but apparently the price was too high. He said the talent level dropped significantly after the second round. That's why he traded 3 picks to take Zachary Sanford
9:09: Without a third- or fourth-round pick, the Caps grabbed 5-foot-10, 194-pound defenseman Blake Heinrich in the fifth round, 144th overall
10:02: Caps finish off NHL draft by taking Tyler Lewington a defenseman from Medicine Hat