Monday, June 26, 2006

Caps Draft Backstrom

One thing I really like about the Washington Capitals organization is the emphasis they have placed on draft picks. They stockpile picks, and once again they came up with a bounty this year, with a whopping six picks in the first two rounds. The top pick, Nicklas Backstrom, seems like the real deal, based on the clips I've seen and the materials written on him. Pairing him with Semin and Ovechkin could make for one hell of a first line. This is going to be a very important offseason. They appear to be headed in the right direction, but they really need to add some pieces to continue to move forward. In particular, I think they would be smart to add a veteran high level defenseman that can add some intensity to the defensive corps. If they sign just a few retreads to one year deals to hit the salary cap floor, it's going to be a bad sign. They of course shouldn't over commit to aging players, but they need to add some older guys that have skill to go along with heart.


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