On a team led by Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov, it’s not surprising the Capitals have looked to Europe for their recent draft choices. Their first two selections from 2019 hailed from overseas – Alexander Alexeyev and Martin Fehervary – while three of four picks in 2018 were European-born. In the past five drafts, 2016’s Lucas Johansen is the only North American to lead off Washington’s cohort.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS: With Michal Kempny’s serious hamstring injury and Brooks Orpik’s age, the Capitals need to take a look at their defensive depth. Signing trade-deadline prize Nick Jensen to an extension helps, but some youngsters need to step up as well.
LONG-TERM NEEDS: In the past five seasons, only once has a player not named Alex Ovechkin scored 30 goals or more for...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.