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With the Washington Capitals trading away three of their picks on draft day, much of the action was over by 7PM. But just because you put on Sunday Night Baseball and started drinking some wine coolers, doesn’t mean the draft didn’t keep going. Let’s take a look at who the Caps picked up in the latter rounds of 2013.
With the 144th pick in the draft the Capitals selected defenseman Blake Heinrich from Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL.
He’s small — 5-foot-10, 194 pounds — but Heinrich brings an imposing physical presence to the game. He doesn’t shy away from anything: he hits hard, trash talks, participates in the scrums, and cleans the crease when he needs to. He’s a guy who is a pain to play against. That resulted in 110 PIM last year in the USHL, third among the players under 18. It also earned him a spot as the 81st best North American skater according to NHL Central Scouting.
He’s not a liability in other areas of the game either. According to Future Considerations, who ranked him 76th, his footwork could use some work, but it’s far from horrible. A smart defender, he takes few chances breaking out of the zone. Heinrich does a good job making simple, effective defensive plays. He was also seventh in points among U18 defenseman in USHL, which shows he can play some offense as well.
Next year, he will join fellow Caps prospect Caleb Herbert on University of Minnesota-Duluth team.
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With the 174th pick in the draft the Capitals have picked up center Brian Pinho from St. John’s Prep of the Massachusetts High-School Championship.
HockeyProspect.com, which had Pinho 80th in their final rankings, praised him for his ability to orchestrate the game and be the center of his team’s offense, both at even-strength and on the power play, where he plays the point.
The 6-foot-0, 173 pound centerman needs to get stronger in order to utilize his tools that are aplenty: good skating, fancy stick handling, and great vision. After an impressive campaign in which Pinho led his team in scoring with 36 points in 21 games, it remains to be seen where 109th-ranked North American skater will spend the next year. He’s committed to join the Providence College in 2014.
With the 204th pick — their final one — in the draft the Capitals grabbed defenseman Tyler Lewington from Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL.
Lewington isn’t the biggest guy at 6-foot-1, 189 pounds, but he’s a tough dude who likes to drop the gloves. He can also hit and be a pest, which resulted in team-leading 131 PIM last year. The 94th-ranked player by The Hockey News, Lewington is also good offensively, especially beginning the play out of his own zone. His defensive play and puck skills need work, but he improved that over the year. He had 26 points as of the end of the season, tied for most among his team’s blueliners. Lewington had an extremely strong combine, finishing first in the bench press (16 reps at 150 pounds), push-ups (42), push strength (341 pounds), and pull strength (296 pounds)
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