The Washington Capitals have traded away many of their assets to aggressively contend for the Stanley Cup over the last two seasons. That left them with only four selections in the 2017 NHL Draft – all from the fourth round on.
“We looked to trade up a couple of times,” Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said. “But unfortunately [the players we wanted] got taken before we got there.”
Three of the Capitals’ four selections were defensemen. The Capitals made their first selection in the fourth round, selecting Tobias Geisser 120th overall. They followed those picks up with Swedish defenseman Sebastian Walfridsson (fifth round), American defenseman Benton Maas (sixth round), and left winger Kristian Roykas-Marthinsen (seventh round).
Capitals assistant GM Ross Mahoney talked about the picks immediately after the draft concluded.