Friday, June 26, 2009

Caps Take A Swede

The Washington Capitals made their only selection Friday night in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft and they picked Marcus Johansson 24th overall. The Capitals were rumored to take Landon Ferraro, but instead took a Swedish centerman for their pick.

Johansson scouting report through
“Johansson has a good selection of shots with a quick precise wrist shot. His overall skill level and stickhandling give him room to move the puck and shoot. He is a player with good offensive instincts and fine understanding of his defensive duties. He can play both center and wing with a consistent hard working presence.”
Johansson was a member of the Team Sweden for the 2009 World Junior Championships and helped them to a silver medal with two goals and he was a plus 2. The name that is thrown around Johansson's as going down a similar path is Henrik Zetterberg. While his play is not flashy or over the top, his hard working style and mastery of simple plays makes him a solid player that can play both ways. TSN compared his style of play to Valtteri Filppula.

The negatives are few for Johansson, but he does have a history of concussions. He played his first complete season last year playing 52 games, while he only recorded 12 games the year before. If he can stay healthy, he should make an immediate impact.

Unless there is a trade, the Capitals' night is over until their second round (55th) pick tomorrow.

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