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Every year, the NHL unveils new hats at the draft and they’re always super fancy. This year’s edition features each team’s logo on the hat and then either the team’s alternate logo or a zoomed-in detail of the original logo on the bill. The NHL’s shield is also located on the back of the fitted cap, just as a friendly reminder where your hard-earned cash is going.

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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.

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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.

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The Washington Capitals have drafted goaltender Ilya Samsonov out of Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL 22nd overall in the 2015 Draft.

Samsonov is not expected to join the Caps before 2018 due to his contract with Metallurg.

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is universally disliked. Tonight, as he walked out to start the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida, Panthers fans booed him mercilessly. It’s soooooo awkward. Also funny. Definitely funny. Excruciatingly funny.

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No, The NHL Draft Doesn’t Need to be Fixed

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This year, several NHL teams including the Capitals’ opponent tonight, Buffalo, have been awful. Two potential superstars will be avaliable at this year’s draft: Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. Fans of those teams want to lose.

On Monday, Kevin McGran of the Toronto Sun wrote about this phenomenon and published an article titled “With lottery teams tanking for Connor McDavid, it’s time NHL rethinks draft.” In the article, McGran states that since teams are tanking for Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel that indicates the NHL draft system needs fixing.

Does it though? And are these teams really tanking? Let me address a few key points of his article.

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With the 13th overall pick in the Draft, the Washington Capitals have selected 18-year-old Czech winger Jakub Vrana out of Linkoping of the SHL. The pick was surprising considering that Vrana was ranked 23rd overall in Craig Button’s ranking.

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The Capitals selected Alex Semin 13th in the 2012 2002 entry draft. (Photo: Getty Images)

On Friday, the NHL Draft will begin. The Capitals hold the 13th overall pick, the third time since 2008 they’ve selected in the top half of the first round. To predict the players available for the Caps selection, we’ve reviewed 17 different draft rankings to compile a consensus list.

Let’s take a quick look at players 11 through 15.

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On Wednesday, the Washington Capitals published a guide for the upcoming NHL draft (June 27th), and it is awesome. One thing that I learned is that the Caps have historically been active on draft day. The team has made 20 draft day trades overall, including one in each of the past six years. The most notable moves lately have been the acquisitions of Troy “No Emmy” Brouwer and Mike “2 Chainz” Ribeiro.

If you take a fine-toothed comb to that list, one stunning factoid reveals itself. The Caps have essentially traded away two hall of fame players in draft day deals and gotten none in return.

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John Carlson, drafted in 2008, is the most recent Caps defenseman selected in the first round. (Photo: Andre Ringuette/Getty)

Reading the comments in Ian’s post covering the draft lottery, most fans seem convinced that the Capitals must select Haydn Fleury with their 13th pick, if he’s available. It’s easy to see why: Fleury, who plays for the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, is a responsible defenseman in a draft dominated by forwards. It is likely that 13 out of the 15 top picks will be forwards. And the Caps blue line struggled with injuries and inconsistency all year long. Defense hasn’t been Washington’s forte for the better part of the Ovechkin era, and those defensive shortcomings have often been pegged as the key to the Caps’ early playoff exits (or, this year, pre-playoff exits).

Despite all of this, I’ll disagree with the notion that the Caps should select Fleury, or any other defenseman, with their first-round pick.

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