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With the Washington Capitals trading away three of their picks on draft day, much of the action was over by 7PM. But just because you put on Sunday Night Baseball and started drinking some wine coolers, doesn’t mean the draft didn’t keep going. Let’s take a look at who the Caps picked up in the latter rounds of 2013.

Blake Heinrich, 5th Round Pick, 144th Overall

With the 144th pick in the draft the Capitals selected defenseman Blake Heinrich from Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL.

He’s small — 5-foot-10, 194 pounds — but Heinrich brings an imposing physical presence to the game. He doesn’t shy away from anything: he hits hard, trash talks, participates in the scrums, and cleans the crease when he needs to. He’s a guy who is a pain to play against. That resulted in 110 PIM last year in the USHL, third among the players under 18. It also earned him a spot as the 81st best North American skater according to NHL Central Scouting.

He’s not a liability in other areas of the game either. According to Future Considerations, who ranked him 76th, his footwork could use some work, but it’s far from horrible. A smart defender, he takes few chances breaking out of the zone. Heinrich does a good job making simple, effective defensive plays. He was also seventh in points among U18 defenseman in USHL, which shows he can play some offense as well.

Next year, he will join fellow Caps prospect Caleb Herbert on University of Minnesota-Duluth team.

Brian Pinho, 6th Round Pick, 174th Overall

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With the 174th pick in the draft the Capitals have picked up center Brian Pinho from St. John’s Prep of the Massachusetts High-School Championship., which had Pinho 80th in their final rankings, praised him for his ability to orchestrate the game and be the center of his team’s offense, both at even-strength and on the power play, where he plays the point.

The 6-foot-0, 173 pound centerman needs to get stronger in order to utilize his tools that are aplenty: good skating, fancy stick handling, and great vision. After an impressive campaign in which Pinho led his team in scoring with 36 points in 21 games, it remains to be seen where 109th-ranked North American skater will spend the next year. He’s committed to join the Providence College in 2014.

Tyler Lewington, 7th Round Pick, 204th Overall

With the 204th pick — their final one — in the draft the Capitals grabbed defenseman Tyler Lewington from Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL.

Lewington isn’t the biggest guy at 6-foot-1, 189 pounds, but he’s a tough dude who likes to drop the gloves. He can also hit and be a pest, which resulted in team-leading 131 PIM last year. The 94th-ranked player by The Hockey News, Lewington is also good offensively, especially beginning the play out of his own zone. His defensive play and puck skills need work, but he improved that over the year. He had 26 points as of the end of the season, tied for most among his team’s blueliners. Lewington had an extremely strong combine, finishing first in the bench press (16 reps at 150 pounds), push-ups (42), push strength (341 pounds), and pull strength (296 pounds)

  • tim

    these all seem to be solid late-round pickups. if any of them work out and get to be NHL caliber, they’ll definitely be steals.

  • misselle

    Tyler Lewington is mostly a stay-at-home, physical defensemen. He had good numbers in relation to the team this year, but that’s more because of the very young blueline that the Tigers were working with this year. The only d-man who played more games than Lew was Derek Ryckman, who had no offense at all. The younger d-men who have more offensive upside saw less ice time and didn’t really start picking it up until the end of the season. Lewington was used in more of a shutdown role; most of his points came from getting the puck up to the speedy scorers on the team. (Also, the actual offensive leader on the blueline was Dylan Bredo, a converted forward.) He was one of the most consistent players on the back end for the Tigers this year, especially as the season went on and the entire team settled in more. Although he’s already got a good physical presence and doesn’t shy away from the rough stuff, there’s definitely room on his frame for him to build on, and I expect him to get bigger and become more of a physical threat in the next year or two. He works hard, he gets along with his teammates, and is pretty reliable on and off the ice. The whole team is expected to take a big step forward next year (they had 11 new players this year); Lewington should be a big part of their defense, especially with Ryckman graduating.