Beyond The Benches

Top 3 Players Drafted by the Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals entered the 2014 NHL Draft needing to make up for some deficiencies on the team. In an effort to do so, the Capitals traded picks at various times to move up in the draft and made some interesting decisions. Here’s a review of the team’s first three picks.


3. Nathan Walker

In the third round of the draft, the Capitals selected Walker, the first Australian to be drafted in the NHL. He played for the AHL Bears last season, scoring five goals and six assists.

2. Vitek Vanecek

The 18-year old was selected in the second round of the NHL Draft. He had a 2.64 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.  The goalie shows potential, and the Capitals seem eager to see what is in store for him.

1. Jakub Vrana

Vrana spent the last three seasons with the Swedish Hockey League, where he tallied two goals and one assist. He recently signed a three-year contract with the Capitals. Vrana participated in the development camp this season but will probably end up back in Sweden afterwards.

The team missed the play-offs last year for the first time in eight years, so it will be interesting to see if they can arrange the players in a way that improves the team’s performance over last season.


Writer: Clairissa Baker is a student at Boston University working towards a dual degree in journalism and international relations, and she spends a lot of her spare time following hockey. Clairissa can be reached on Twitter @ClairissaBaker.