Category Archives: Entry Draft

Remembering an Entry Draft Hose Job

The NHL’s Edmonton Oilers won Tuesday night’s entry draft lottery, meaning they will select no. 1 overall this June for the third consecutive year. In a very real sense, the Oil has earned this lottery (mis)fortune with dismal showings the … Continue reading

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Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Entry Draft, Gary Bettman, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby, Washington Capitals | 7 Comments

Boxed in, with but Hope and Wishful Thinking the Only Guide Ahead

Monitoring the NHL trade deadline Monday afternoon was a lot like riding the Red Line in early rush hour Monday morning: there was very little movement. The more I thought about where the Caps stood at 3:00 yesterday afternoon the … Continue reading

Posted in Dmitri Orlov, Eastern Conference, Entry Draft, Evgeny Kuznetsov, George McPhee, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL trade deadline, playoff hockey, Washington Capitals | 1 Comment

Mining for Gems Deep in a Draft’s Bedrock

SI.com’s Allan Muir has offered a glowing assessment of the Capitals’ draft work in L.A. this past weekend. George McPhee bolstered his status as a procurer of top-end talent deep in round one, Muir claimed, and the team added skill guys of … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Atlanta Thrashers, Dmitry Chesnokov, Entry Draft, Florida Panthers, Gary Bettman, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Southeast Division, Tampa Bay Lightning, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals | 3 Comments

Say Hello to Semin 2.0

Dynamic skill level. Exceptional hands. Controls the puck as if he’s got it on a string. Natural sniper. Elite one-on-one talent. Can manufacture his own offense. Great acceleration and finishing ability. Looks to score each shift. Oh, and he’s Russian. … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Dmitry Kugryshev, Entry Draft, Prospects, Washington Capitals | 11 Comments

One Entry Draft Order of Mayhem To Go, Please

“The Undertaker.” Sound like the nickname of a D-man you wouldn’t mind seeing in a Caps’ sweater in the seasons ahead? Get in line wearing the foil behind us. That nickname was coined by an NHL scout this past season … Continue reading

Posted in DraftGeek, Entry Draft, National Hockey League, Prospects, Washington Capitals | 2 Comments

A Winter Tuesday Night for Washington Hockey Heroes

This has a nice ring to it: John Carlson, Canada-killer. The atmosphere in Verizon Center Tuesday night was stupendous and surreal. And that was only partly because of the sudden announcement of Alexander Ovechkin as the Capitals’ 14th captain in … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Entry Draft, Hershey Bears, Hockey Heroes, John Carlson, USA Hockey, Washington Capitals | 14 Comments

An Instant Classic at the WJC

As if the Federal Aviation Administration didn’t have enough on its plate these days, last night nearly two dozen American jets collided with a fleet of Air Canada 747s in Canadian air space. No wait, those were American teenagers wearing … Continue reading

Posted in Entry Draft, John Carlson, Lisa Hillary, USA Hockey | 1 Comment

We’re Chatting Yanks’ Hockey at OFB Today

Spiritually and psychologically, today is a national holiday in Canada — the day that the Canadian Olympic hockey roster is announced. No disrespect to my cousins to the North, and good luck of course to Greener, but I’m not all … Continue reading

Posted in Entry Draft, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, USA Hockey, Vancouver Olympics | 5 Comments

First Fifth Review

The first fifth of the Capitals’ season leaves the club with a 10-3-4 record, 24 points, and a first-place tie for the the conference lead with the archrival Penguins. But is the Capitals position in the standings reflective of an … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, American Hockey League, Brian Pothier, Bruce Boudreau, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Eastern Conference, Entry Draft, Florida Panthers, Hershey Bears, Jeff Schultz, Jose Theodore, Mathieu Perreault, Mike Green, Milan Jurcina, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tarik El-Bashir, Tom Poti, Washington Capitals | 1 Comment

Something Big Is Already Built

In a very real sense, the Ballston Massacre yesterday represented the culmination of the Capitals’ rebuild. Last September, Capitals’ owner Ted Leonsis decreed that the rebuild was over, asserting that his young team was primed for playoff contention. But being … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, College Hockey, DraftGeek, Entry Draft, Hershey Bears, Hockey Towns, Joe Finley, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Mathieu Perreault, Media, Morning cup-a-joe, Philadelphia Flyers, Prospects, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals | 17 Comments