Below you will find the order of selection for next weekend’s first four rounds of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, held in Ottawa. You will note from our highlighting in bold the wealth of selections the Capitals enjoy — six picks among the first 93 of the draft. This draft is universally regarded as distinctive for the quality of its depth; there will be solid NHL contributors selected liberally throughout rounds one, two, and three.
We would have you take particular note of the absence of any selections in the high-end range by your 2008 Eastern Conference champion. Their first pick arrives after 119 other 18-year-olds have been plucked.
The Penguins’ American League affiliate in Wilkes Barre-Scranton raced all the way to the Calder Cup finals this month, but unlike the Hershey Bears’ appearances there in 2006 and 2007, the junior Penguins aren’t believed to be chock full of promising young future talent for the parent club — that talent’s already in Pittsburgh. One reason they’re missing both high picks this year and high-end talent on the farm was February’s trade for Marian Hossa and Hal Gill as well as last year’s acquisition of geriatric Gary Roberts.
Penguins’ GM Ray Shero has his share of challenges this summer: 13 unrestricted and 4 restricted free agents to ink for next season. While it’s not impossible for teams to acquire young talent after round 3 of the NHL Entry Draft, the odds plummet precipitously. One’s thing’s for sure: 29 other NHL clubs will be helping themselves from this talent-rich draft before the Penguins do. As recent rebuilders, they’re ahead of the Capitals in both achievement and status, but that gap could close a healthy bit this summer.
|¬†||ROUND 1||¬†||ROUND 2||¬†||ROUND 3||¬†||ROUND 4|
|1||Tampa Bay||31||Florida (from T.B.)||62||Tampa Bay||92||Los Angeles (from T.B.)|
|2||Los Angeles||32||Los Angeles||63||Los Angeles||93||Washington (from L.A.)|
|3||Atlanta||33||St. Louis (from ATL)||64||Atlanta||94||Atlanta|
|4||St. Louis||34||St. Louis||65||St. Louis||95||St. Louis|
|5||NY Islanders||35||Phoenix||66||NY Islanders||96||NY Islanders|
|8||Phoenix||38||Phoenix (from TOR)||69||Phoenix||99||Phoenix|
|9||Nashville (from FLA)||39||Phoenix||70||Toronto (from FLA)||100||Florida|
|10||Vancouver||40||Nashville (from FLA)||71||Anaheim (from VAN)||101||Los Angeles (from VAN)|
|12||Anaheim (from EDM)||42||Ottawa (from CHI)||73||NY Islanders (from EDM-ANA)||103||Edmonton|
|13||Buffalo||43||Anaheim (from EDM)||74||Buffalo||104||Buffalo|
|14||Carolina||44||Buffalo||75||NY Rangers (from CAR)||105||Carolina|
|18||Ottawa||48||Los Angeles (from CGY)||79||Ottawa||109||Ottawa|
|19||Columbus (from COL)||49||Phoenix (from OTT)||80||Florida (from COL)||110||Colorado|
|20||NY Rangers||50||Colorado||81||Los Angeles (from NYR)||111||St. Louis (from NYR)|
|21||New Jersey||51||NY Rangers||82||New Jersey||112||New Jersey|
|22||Edmonton (from ANA)||52||New Jersey||83||Anaheim||113||Anaheim|
|23||Washington||53||NY Islanders (from ANA-EDM)||84||Washington||114||Calgary (from WSH-BOS)|
|24||Minnesota||54||Washington||85||Anaheim (from MIN)||115||Minnesota|
|26||Buffalo (from S.J.)||56||Montreal||87||St. Louis (from S.J.)||117||San Jose|
|27||Philadelphia||57||Washington (from S.J.)||88||Los Angeles (from PHI)||118||Philadelphia|
|28||Los Angeles (from DAL)||58||Washington (from PHI)||89||Dallas||119||Ottawa (from DAL-T.B.)|
|29||Atlanta (from PIT)||59||Dallas||90||Phoenix (from PIT)||120||Pittsburgh|
|30||Detroit||60||Toronto (from PIT)||91||Detroit||121||Detroit|
|¬†||¬†||61||Los Angeles (from DET)||¬†||¬†||¬†||¬†|
ENTRY DRAFT ORDER OF SELECTION NOTES
- Pick 29 (Pittsburgh to Atlanta): Pittsburgh traded RW Colby Armstrong, C Erik Christensen, C Angelo Esposito and its 1st-round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft to Atlanta for RW Marian Hossa and RW Pascal Dupuis (Feb. 26, 2008).
- Pick 57 (San Jose to Washington): San Jose traded Carolina’s 2nd-round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft (previously acquired) and San Jose’s 2nd-round pick in 2008 to Washington for Buffalo’s 1st-round pick in 2007 (previously acquired) (June 22, 2007).
- Pick 58 (Philadelphia to Washington): Washington traded Carolina’s 2nd-round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft (previously acquired) to Philadelphia for Nashville’s 3rd-round pick in 2007 (previously acquired) and Philadelphia’s 2nd-round pick in 2008 (June 23, 2007).
- Pick 90 (Pittsburgh to Phoenix): Pittsburgh traded LW Dan Carcillo and its 3rd-round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft to Phoenix for RW Georges Laraque (Feb. 27, 2007).
- Pick 93 (Los Angeles to Washington): Washington traded its 4th-round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft to Los Angeles for Los Angeles’ 6th-round pick in 2007 and 4th-round pick in 2008 (June 23, 2007).
- Pick 114 (Washington to Boston, conditional to Calgary):
(1) Washington to Boston: Boston traded D Milan Jurcina to Washington for Washington’s 4th-round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft (Feb. 1, 2007).
(2) Boston to Calgary, conditional: Calgary traded D Andrew Ference and RW Chuck Kobasew to Boston for D Brad Stuart, C Wayne Primeau and a conditional pick in the 2008 Entry Draft.