Unsatisfied with merely skating on top of ice, NHL superstar Alex Ovechkin has turned to hovering high over a body of water. Sunday, Ovechkin and his fiancee Nastya Shubskaya posted media from their latest escapade while on summer vacation: flyboarding!
An aquatic cousin of the jetpack, the French-made flyboard propels a rider into the air by shooting out water from tubes underneath their feet. A long fire hose connects the board to a jet ski, which powers the board and sends the person, in this case a future Hall of Fame hockey player, soaring up to 20 feet into the air.
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 championIlya Samsonov.
Stan Galiev broke the news on Instagram after he posted a picture with the talented goaltending prospect during a dinner double date.
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.
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.
Heading into the offseason, Brian MacLellan said he was going to upgrade the Caps’ third line over the summer. Per usual, MacLellan did exactly what he said he was going to do by acquiring Lars Eller from the Montreal Canadiens for two draft picks.
MacLellan said that Eller had been on his radar since last season and that he thinks the acquisition fills the Caps third line center spot. MacLellan touted Eller’s skating ability and two-way play as the reasons that he thought the newly-acquired center is a good fit in DC.
Here’s a closer look at what Eller brings to the table.
Lucas poses with his brother Ryan. (Photo: @Capitals)
The Washington Capitals selected left-handed defenseman Lucas Johansen with their first round pick Friday night. After being introduced on stage and taking photos with Caps management, Johansen met with the NHL press for the first time. He called being drafted “the best feeling I’ve ever had.”
Lucas talked at length about his brother Ryan, a center with the Nashville Predators, during his press conference. Lucas even credited the 2015 NHL All Star Game MVP as the reason why he decided to be a defender.
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.
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.