All-Time Best Caps’ Draft Picks, by Round

We went through the register of every draft pick the Caps have ever made and decided to rank the best of them, by round. We awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals for each of the first five rounds, and then three more medals for the best of the post 5th round drafting by the Caps.
DraftGeek or not, share with us your thoughts.

First Round Second Round Third Round
Gold Medal - 100px Alexander Ovechkin
Jan Bulis
Michal Pivonka
Silver Medal Scott Stevens
Byron Dafoe
Steve Konowalchuk
Bronze Medal Olaf Kolzig
Jim Carey
Glen Currie
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Fourth Round Fifth Round Post-Fifth Round
Gold Medal Jason Woolley
Trent Klatt
Peter Bondra
(8th, 1990)
Silver Medal Bengt Gustafsson
Timo Blomqvist
Ken Klee
(9th, 1990)
Bronze Medal Bill Houlder
Lou Franceschetti
Richard Zednik
(10th, 1994)
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6 Responses to All-Time Best Caps’ Draft Picks, by Round

  1. Caps Nut says:

    How in the world could you possibly “take” Jason Wooley over Bengt Gustafsson??????

  2. pucksandbooks says:

    This was one round

  3. Hockey Night In Washington: Caps vs. Stars…

    I’ll be in the box again tonight, but Ellen Blanchard is out of town, so Kate McGovern will be slipping……

  4. J.P. says:

    It’s hard to argue with Stevens getting the first round silver (maybe easier to argue that AO still has a way to go before being given the gold over a surefire HoF defenseman… maybe he deserves an asterisk there), but I’d have Olie higher. You can’t put a price on stability in goal for a decade-plus.

  5. Caps Nut says:

    Sorry, I have to respectfully disagree with the logic. Wooley was a nobody for the Caps. If you’re going to take the full career (and longevity) into account then you’d have to “bump” Jim Carey out of the second round and put Tim Talyor in there somewhere. Steve Leach would also warrant serious consideration under those parameters.

  6. OrderedChaos says:

    Good points made by all, glad this is sparking some fun debate! Clearly the subjective nature of such a list leads to second-guessing. Depending on perspective — such as the weight given to accomplishments in a Caps uniform versus full career — the first-round Gold could justifiably go to any of the three in that list. And Tim Taylor is a good call as well.
    Let’s hope that in the next few years we’ll have Semin and Backstrom vying for medals. And who knows, maybe Viktor Dovgan will challenge Zed or Klee for a spot in the Post-Fifth Round rankings! 🙂

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