Capitals draft pick Brett Leason given 2019 E.J. McGuire Award Of Excellence for his commitment to the game
The Washington Capitals got an intriguing player in the second round. The team selected 6’4” right wing Brett Leason with the 56th overall pick.
Unlike nearly all the other high draft picks, Leason is not 18. He’s 20-years-old. Usually, that’s a concerning sign for a prospect as they’re two years behind their peers, but for the late-blooming Leason, he’s turned himself into a high-end prospect after finding his game with the Prince Albert Raiders.
For his dedication to the sport of hockey, Leason was announced the winner of the 2019 E.J. McGuire Award Of Excellence before Day Two of the draft started on Saturday. The past recipients include the 2017-18 Humboldt Broncos (2018), Nico Hischier (2017), Neil Doef (2016), and Travis Konecny (2015).