Saturday, June 24, 2006

Caps Defenseless Draft Day

With the 4th overall pick, Washington Capitals were thinking offense. The blue line looks as if it will be collecting dust. Instead of using their draft position to pick up better defensemen, the Capitals again look to beef up the forward lines with their pick.

The Caps 4th pick was Nicklas Backstrom, a left handed centerman, is touted as the next Peter Forsberg. He has a great vision and is a creative playmaker that will aid Alex Ovechkin as a setup man. Playing for Sweden National Team this Olympics, Backstrom was apart of the gold medal team.

Alex Ovechkin was in the building himself and even called out Backstrom’s name as the 4th pick. The commentator even joked about Ovechkin being the general manager. When Ovechkin’s name was announced, the place erupted in applause. It’s the only bright spot to the Caps season, why not show him off?

Their 23rd pick in the first round was Semen Varlamov, a Russian goaltender. The Capitals obtained the 23rd pick from Nashville in the trade of Brendan Witt.

It will still be awhile before seeing if the Capitals pick will help the team. “Maybe one or two years,” Backstrom responded to a question of how soon he will make an impact in a Caps sweater. Let’s hope sooner, than later.

One of the most shocking trades coming on the deadline of the NHL Draft was Todd Bertuzzi for Roberto Luongo. After Florida made a desperate deal to keep the goaltender Luongo, they traded him early Saturday morning. It leads to a surprised Luongo packing his bags to Vancouver.

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