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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.

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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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We had one draft pick, Auston Matthews, and then the trades came in. The one you care about goes like this:

The Washington Capitals have acquired Center Lars Eller from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for second round picks in 2017 and 2018.

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2016 NHL Entry Draft Live Blog: First Round

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Liveblog for the draft? Why not. Auston Matthews is the consensus number one overall pick, but let’s see how the rest of the draft will go. The Caps are selecting 26th. I’ll be happy with anything but another goaltender.

Spenser is joining me and will be providing analysis on some of the highlighted picks throughout the night.

Leggo.

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Prospects the Caps Could Select With Pick 26

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The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft begins tonight at 7:00 PM on NBCSN. Before then, we want to be able to provide our readers with an idea of who the Caps could select with the 26th pick they currently own. These are profiles of some of the players generally ranked around that area.

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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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