The Capitals have traded up again to get a pick in the third round back, moving the 104th and 118th overall picks for 89th overall selection. They then selected Australian forward Nathan Walker from the Hershey Bears of the AHL.
The first Australian ever drafted in the NHL, Walker is a speedy energy forward who compensates for his below-average size (6-foot-0, 192 lbs) with aggressiveness and a willingness to go to the dirty areas. Last year he had 11 points in 43 games with Hershey.
20-year-old Walker was passed up in the previous two drafts.
Walker played for the Caps in the last preseason showing a lot of maturity on a line with Chandler Stephenson and Troy Brouwer. The Caps were not eligible to sign Walker, so they had to wait for the draft to secure his rights.