After grabbing Russian goaltender Ilya Samsonov in the first round yesterday, the Washington Capitals entered the second day of the 2015 NHL Draft with four picks. They selected no forwards. Here are the players they selected.
With the 22nd pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Washington Capitals selected Russian goaltender Ilya Samsonov. The 18-year-old was the best rated European goaltender and the first netminder selected in the draft. A lot of people are angry about the fact that the Caps drafted a goalie, but, I’ve gotta be honest, I’m already in love with the guy.
For instance, check out his answer when asked what he knows about the Capitals organization. Samsonov doesn’t speak any English, but I’m sure you’ll understand what he’s saying here.
Photo: Mathieu Belanger
Capitals’ top defensive prospect Madison Bowey scored four points in the last two games of the Memorial Cup round robin. Bowey, who was held off the scoresheet in the first game of the tournament, netted a goal and two assists in a 7-3 blowout victory over the Rimouski Oceanic. He then followed that performance with an assist on the Rockets’ lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the OHL champions Oshawa Generals.
Photo: Marissa Baecker/WHL
Last night during the Capitals’ miserable game seven loss to the Rangers, the Kelowna Rockets swept the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL Finals. This is good news because Caps prospect Madison Bowey is the Rockets’ captain. He tallied an assist in the game.
This is Bowey’s first junior league championship. He accepted the Ed Chynoweth Cup on behalf of his team and will get to play in his first Memorial Cup a week from now. It’s the Rockets’ first appearance since 2009.
Bowey finished the WHL playoffs leading all defensemen in goals (7) and points (19). My man!
Capitals prospect and WHL star Madison Bowey scored two goals in game six of the Western Conference Finals as his Kelowna Rockets finished off the Portland Winterhawks with an 8-4 win.
That win wasn’t easy for the Rockets. In a familiar scenario, Kelowna fell into a 3-0 hole in the first period. Just like in game one, it was the Rockets’ captain who brought his team back into the game.
Capitals top defensive prospect Madison Bowey scored a shorthanded goal in the first game of their conference semifinal series against the Portland Winterhawks (featuring another Caps prospect, Blake Heinrich). That early second-period tally kickstarted the Rockets, who were trailing by two after first period.
Vrana battles Andrew Gordon. (Photo: Jeremy Long/Lebanon Daily News)
Washington Capitals 2014 first-round pick Jakub Vrana has had a strong start to his North American career. After scoring 12 goals and 12 assists in 44 SHL games, Vrana arrived in Hershey on April 9. Since then he’s dominated the AHL, registering five assists in three games, including a three-point performance on Saturday that landed him first star of the game honors. Coach Troy Mann has Vrana playing left wing on the second line along with veterans Jim O’Brien and Casey Wellman. As you can tell, it’s going splendidly.
Since we know you guys are more of a visual crowd, here’s GIFs of all of Vrana’s delicious apples. He wears #39.
Photo: Michael Griggs/Miami University
Capitals’ 2012 sixth-round pick and top collegiate prospect Riley Barber has decided to leave Miami University and sign a three-year entry-level contract with Washington beginning in the 2015-16 season.
By inking a pro deal, the 21-year-old Barber has ended speculation that he may snub the Caps to become an unrestricted free agent on August 15, 2016.
Barber is a talented goal scorer. The Hockey News ranked him the fifth best prospect in the Caps’ system.
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Caps’ top defensive prospect Madison Bowey was the hero in game four of the Kelowna Rockets’ first round WHL playoff series against the Tri-City Americans. Late in the second period, the Americans took a 4-1 lead with what looked like a back-breaking shorthanded goal. It was at that point the Rockets, fueled by Bowey, managed to turn the game around and sweep the series.
Photo: Minnesota Men’s Hockey Facebook
The Capials have announced the signing of center Travis Boyd to a two-year entry-level contract.
21-year-old Boyd has spent the past four seasons at the University of Minnesota, where he centered the top line this season, which ended on Friday as the Gophers lost to intrastate rival Minnesota-Duluth in the first round of the Northeast regional tournament. Earlier this month, Minnesota won its first ever Big 10 tournament.
The native of Edina, MN was one day too old to be eligible for the 2012 draft.
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