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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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In his second full season in the NHL, Evgeny Kuznetsov broke out. The 24-year-old center tallied 20 goals for the first time in his career and led the league in primary assists. He also led the President’s Trophy winning Capitals with 77 points, becoming the first player not named Ovechkin or Backstrom to accomplish that feat in a decade.

Kuznetsov’s big season was not lost on voters. The Chelyabinsk native received one fourth place and one fifth place vote for the Hart Trophy as league MVP. Kuznetsov was one of 23 NHL players to receive a vote.

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Wednesday night in Las Vegas, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby won the 2016 Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goaltender. Holtby became the third Capital all-time to earn the accolade joining Jim Carey and Olie Kolzig in the history books.

Holtby kissed his wife Brandi and was kissed on the cheek by his mother Tami when he was announced as winner.

Six-time Vezina winner and 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Dominik Hasek presented Holtby the trophy on stage along with Kevin Weekes.

At the very beginning of his acceptance speech, a noticeably nervous Holtby admitted that he ignored his wife’s recommendation to write his thoughts down on a piece of paper.

But that didn’t matter. Holtby dominated the speech just like he did to every NHL team this season.

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Before Braden was given the award (and before X-Ambassadors butt rocked your butt face off), Holtby was subjected to a grilling by host Will Arnett.

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After landing TJ Oshie and Justin Williams and re-signing Braden Holtby during the summer, General Manager Brian MacLellan watched his Capitals win a franchise record 56 games during the regular season. The Caps became the tenth team in NHL history to accumulate 56 wins or more. Alex Ovechkin led the league in goals. Braden Holtby tied Martin Brodeur for most wins in NHL history.

In May, MacLellan was named a finalist for the NHL General Manager Of The Year award. Ovechkin (Richard, Messier), Holtby (Vezina, Lindsay), and Barry Trotz (Adams) were as well.

Tonight in Las Vegas we learned MacLellan did not win. Mac finished a distant second to Penguins’ General Manager Jim Rutherford.

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Wednesday, the Oshie family got one tiny human bigger. Lauren Oshie gave birth to the couple’s second child, a girl, Leni Rose Oshie. She was six pounds, ten ounces.

Tiny, Penguin-hating Lyla is now an older sister.

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