Capitals wrap up the 2020 draft with 5 total players originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The 2020 NHL Draft is in the books and the Capitals walked away with four new prospects. Here's a look at the newest Caps.
1st round, 22nd overall (traded up from 24th with the Calgary Flames): C Hendrix Lapierre
Despite only having a late-round pick, the Caps were one of the stories of the first round as the team traded up to get Lapierre. Lapierre was considered to be a high to mid-first-round draft pick based on his play-making ability and hockey IQ, but he began to slide due to injury concerns. This is a player who quite possibly would have gone in the top 10 if not for reportedly suffering three concussions in a 10-month span in 2019. That, however, was not the case as Lapierre was later diagnosed with other vertebrae issues and Lapierre said Tuesday that he had only actually suffered on concussion.
Still, with no combine and no chance for team doctors to examine Lapierre, some teams were scared off by what happened in 2019. General manager Brian MacLellan, however, decided the potential was worth the gamble, so much so that he traded a third-round pick to jump up making Lapierre the team's only pick in the first three rounds.
Additonal content on Lapierre:
- Capitals gamble their 2020 draft by trading up to select Lapierre
- What made Hendrix Lapierre worth it for Capitals to trade up for him?
- Setting the record straight on Lapierre's injury history
- Capitals draft pick Hendrix Lapierre grew up an Alex Ovechkin fan
4th round, 117th overall: RW Bogdan Trineyev
At 6-foot-3, 198 pounds, Trineyev certainly has the size teams want in an NHL player. He scored 12 goals and 14 assists in 36 games in the MHL in 2019-20 and has six points in six games to start 2020-21. Because of his size, he is able to win puck battles and get to the dirty areas of the ice and he said after being drafted that he does try to play physically. That skill doesn't always translate when players reach the AHL and NHL and start to play against guys who are just as big and bigger so it will be interesting to see how he adjusts when he gets to North America. He lacks quickness so if he wants to be an NHL player, he is going to have to learn to play a very physical style of game.
5th round, 148th overall: C Bear Hughes
Hughes plays for Spokane in the WHL, a junior league the Caps frequently like to pick from. He had 16 goals and 31 assists in 61 games for Spokane in 2019-20. In the summers he has been known to work with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson who is also from Spokane.
Hughes seems to do a lot of his damage in front of the net by crashing the crease and getting in front of the goalie's face.
6th round, 179th overall: G Garin Bjorklund
Another WHL player, Bjorklund plays goal for Medicine Hat where he registered a 20-5-1 record with a 2.91 GAA and .897 save percentage in 2019-20, playing significant time for a 17-year-old. As you can tell, the win statistics don't really match the personal statistics, but it is felt he frequently put his team in a position to win with his effort and you can certainly tell that from his highlight reel.
7th round, 211th overall: LW Oskar Magnusson
Magnusson spent the majority of the 2019-20 season playing in the J20 SuperElit league in Sweden, but did make the jump to the SHL for four games. With his junior team, he scored 22 goals and 26 assists in 38 games.