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On Monday, the Washington Capitals will host their annual development camp two weeks earlier than usual at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. And this year, they’ll have several new faces on the ice. Not only will the Caps’ draft picks from the 2016 NHL Draft be making their on-ice debuts in Ballston, Virginia, so will 2015 first round pick and Gagarin Cup champion Ilya Samsonov.

Stan Galiev broke the news on Instagram after he posted a picture with the talented goaltending prospect during a dinner double date.

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For 17 years, George McPhee served as the Washington Capitals’ General Manager and Vice President of Hockey Operations. He presided over many drafts and selected superstars like Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom, and Braden Holtby.

But on Saturday, McPhee — now serving a different role as a special advisor to Garth Snow — left the New York Islanders table on the floor of First Niagara Center and found a seat in the crowd. He had a different role to perform once the fourth round of the draft began: being a dad.

“After all the years in the business, it’s torture sitting there,” McPhee said to Sports Illustrated’s Alex Prewitt about the experience.

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A day after drafting talented defenseman Lucas Johansen with their first round pick, the Washington Capitals made six other selections on Day Two, including two picks two spots apart in the fifth round.

“The theme this year was to get intelligent players that work hard and can skate,” Assistant General Manager Ross Mahoney said to reporters after the Draft concluded. “We’re really happy with the results we got. Moving back and picking up an extra pick and still getting the person we want in the first round. Plus getting that extra pick so that was good because we were down a few picks after some of the trades that have taken place. Very happy with that.”

The Washington Capitals selected center Garrett Pilon in the third round, left wing Damien Riat in the fourth, left wings Beck Malenstyn and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby in the fifth, defenseman Chase Priskie in the sixth, and defenseman Dmitriy Zaitsev in the seventh. Below, we profile each player.

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With the 87th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Washington Capitals went off the board and selected the 109th ranked North American skater, Garrett Pilon, of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers.

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Standing in front of reporters three hours after the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft began, Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan was happy that he finally got his man. He was not referring to the draft pick the Caps made an hour earlier.

With a sly “yes” and a smile, MacLellan confirmed that Lars Eller, whom the Capitals traded for earlier in the night, would be the team’s third-line center heading into next season. According to the 2016 GM of the Year finalist, the deal was in the works for a long time and that he inquired about the center’s availability frequently.

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With the 28th pick in the NHL Draft, the Washington Capitals selected Ryan Johansen’s brother Lucas. The six-foot, two-inch, 176 pound defenseman led all Kelowna defensemen in goals, assists, and points. And according to his NHL.com draft profile, Lucas admires Tom Brady.

I’m not sure how I feel about this.

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With the 28th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Washington Capitals selected left-handed defenseman Lucas Johansen of the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets. Minutes before the pick, the Caps swapped first round selections with the Blues and gained back a third-round pick out of the deal, the 87th overall pick. Kelowna is the same WHL team that produced Madison Bowey.

This selection comes nearly two hours after the Caps made their first big move of the night, trading two future second round picks for depth center Lars Eller.

Johansen is the first defenseman the Caps have drafted in the first round since John Carlson in 2008.

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Earlier this week, TJ Oshie’s wife Lauren gave birth to the couple’s second child, Leni Rose. The Oshies have posted several adorable photos since, including this pic featuring Papa, Lyla, and Leni.

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Earlier in the evening, the Washington Capitals announced the re-signing of two players that spent most of the year in AHL Hershey: Paul Carey and Aaron Ness. Both players saw time in Washington and both players played well during their short stints in the NHL.

Carey even scored his first NHL goal February 6 against the Devils.

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This morning, many of you might have woken up to something jarring when you turned on your phone and checked Instagram. Caps’ “shy, little, cute guy” Andre Burakovsky posted a photo of himself dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for Midsummer 2016.

Let’s go ahead and zoom here.

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