Capitals Select Lucas Johansen with First-Round Pick


With the 28th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Washington Capitals selected Lucas Johansen.

The Capitals traded their 26th overall pick to St. Louis for St. Louis’ 28th overall pick and their third-round pick (87th overall). With the 28th pick, the Capitals selected defenseman, Lucas Johansen, (brother of Ryan Johansen, Center for the Nashville Predators).


Draft Site bio: Emerging defender who projects as a two-way defender with strong balance and skating ability. The younger brother of Ryan is still a work in progress, but has size and is a very good puck mover and plays on both the penalty kill and the power play. Leads by example and can move attacker out of the front, get in the lanes and break up passes, and he make that first pass out in transition and jump into the rush. Displays a very good point shot. Will play the body, but if he added a bit more aggression, he make it more difficult to play against him. Needs to get thicker and add weight and muscle.

TSN bio:


Player Profile Provided by Elite Prospects:


Other stories on Lucas Johansen:
Lucas Johansen: The Making of an NHL Prospect
How Good is Lucas Johansen?
Kelowna Rockets’ Lucas Johansen emerging from brother Ryan’s shadow
Lucas Johansen Scouting Report


CaptureThe Capitals traded their second round pick in 2016 as part of the deal that sent Brooks Laich and Connor Carrick to Toronto for Daniel Winnik. The Capitals traded their third round pick to St. Louis in the deal that sent Troy Brouwer and top goalie prospect Pheonix Copely for T.J. Oshie.

The Capitals currently have all but their second and third-round picks in the 2017 draft, and have all but their second round pick in the 2018 draft.

For a complete listing of all picks by teams for all seven rounds, you can monitor in real-time on the Capitals draft page right here.


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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8 Responses to Capitals Select Lucas Johansen with First-Round Pick

  1. jonmsorensen says:

    He better find a way to stop his brother.

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