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Caps likely to draft best player available

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03:16 PM ET 06.17 | The Washington Capitals have a few needs, but with the No. 23 pick in the NHL Draft they are unlikely to find an immediate contributor so it is more likely that they draft the best player available than draft for need. Washington holds picks in each round, including two in the fifth round, and they could take a few defensemen to try and provide depth for a blue line corps. that could use it, but if the Capitals hope to improve upon this season's first round playoff exit, they are unlikely to do it via the draft. They'll have to hit the free agent market and see if they can work a trade to make it happen.

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June 17, 2013  03:24 PM ET

That's what you hope happens...but it isn't always the case.

June 17, 2013  03:26 PM ET

This is only true because it's true. Lots of research went into that insightful piece.

June 17, 2013  03:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This is only true because it's true. Lots of research went into that insightful piece.

Geniuses! True geniuses! I'm amazed!

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June 17, 2013  04:06 PM ET

<Caps likely to draft best player available>

This is Pulitzer stuff I tell you. The most incredible grasp of the obvious I've ever seen.

June 17, 2013  04:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

<Caps likely to draft best player available>This is Pulitzer stuff I tell you. The most incredible grasp of the obvious I've ever seen.

Now, hold on a second. It is the Caps we're talking about here. It is just possible that they won't try to get the best player available. ;)

June 17, 2013  05:06 PM ET

Actually the best athlete available would be best if you don't have ''needs''. Who are they kidding:)

June 17, 2013  05:33 PM ET

Penn Live is part of the Harrisburg, Patriot news. They have never been known for their overly insightful sports reporting.

June 17, 2013  05:36 PM ET

"Caps likely to draft best player available"

Yep. And ... I'm likely to drink the best bottle of wine in my cooler.

June 17, 2013  05:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Now, hold on a second. It is the Caps we're talking about here. It is just possible that they won't try to get the best player available. ;)

OK Phantom............I do watch this stuff you know. I'm still mourning the playoff loss and here you try to rub salt in the wounds. Surprised? No. But I expected more. Who am I kidding.?You're probably right! :-)

June 17, 2013  06:36 PM ET

...Milbury immediately blasts the notion.

June 17, 2013  06:42 PM ET

Stupid post. Is Penn Live somehow related to Fansided? There's no way to predict who is going to predict who is going to be picked with the 23rd pick in the NHL draft. And not many people beyond the confines of the Capital Beltway care.

June 17, 2013  06:53 PM ET

That was the least insightful post I have ever read. I got halfway through it thinking it better pick up quickly, not much left to go. Nope, it ended up being about nothing! If only the Stanley Cup Finals were on, then the interns could offer up ... heyyyy wait a minute ...

June 17, 2013  07:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

"Caps likely to draft best player available"

Yep. And ... I'm likely to drink the best bottle of wine in my cooler ....

.... and, I'm likely to eat when I'm hungry.

June 17, 2013  08:18 PM ET

It doesn't matter. They're never going to win anything with Ovechkin. He' a floater and a volume scorer who makes his teammates worse.

June 17, 2013  08:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

That was the least insightful post I have ever read. I got halfway through it thinking it better pick up quickly, not much left to go. Nope, it ended up being about nothing! If only the Stanley Cup Finals were on, then the interns could offer up ... heyyyy wait a minute ...

zingggggg

June 17, 2013  09:50 PM ET

Caps more than likely to never win the Cup.

June 17, 2013  10:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Stupid post. Is Penn Live somehow related to Fansided? There's no way to predict who is going to predict who is going to be picked with the 23rd pick in the NHL draft. And not many people beyond the confines of the Capital Beltway care.

As I said above they are out of Harrisburg, PA. The reason they care is it affects the Hershey Bears.

June 17, 2013  11:00 PM ET

Go Boston! won 2-0.

 
June 17, 2013  11:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Go Boston! won 2-0.

I hope Jagr pots one before this series is over.

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