The NHL Draft Combine is a time for prospects to demonstrate their physical abilities, skating skills, and work ethic. Often, teams who are interested in particular prospects set up interviews with them in order to get a better sense of who they are as people, not just as players.
One particularly interesting story about the Capitals’ approach to those combine interviews was shared by a highly-ranked international prospect, Vasili Podkolzin. Through a translator, Podkolzin told NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor Adam Kimelman that in their interview, “Washington asked if I know how to sing.”
Podkolzin’s response was “if they draft me I’ll sing to them.”