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The Capitals will sit idle for the first three rounds of the 2017 NHL draft, as Washington finishes “paying the piper” for Kevin Shattenkirk, Lars Eller, and Mike Weber. Here’s a quick recap of how the first three picks were used.
The Capitals’ first-round pick goes to the St. Louis Blues as the result of a trade that sent Kevin Shattenkirk and Pheonix Copley to Washington in exchange for Zach Sanford, Brad Malone, a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017 or 2018, a conditional second-round pick in 2019, and this pick.
The Capitals’ second-round pick will go to the Montreal Canadiens as the result of a trade that sent Lars Eller to Washington in exchange for a second-round pick in 2018 and this pick.
The Capitals’ third-round pick will go to the Buffalo Sabres as the result of a trade that sent Mike Weber to Washington in exchange for this pick.
Barring a trade, the Capitals’ first pick will come in the 4th round, 120th overall. This ties a record for the longest wait to make a first pick in a draft (Detroit, 1999 and Pittsburgh, 2008)
This year’s draft will be held at United Center in Chicago on June 23 and 24.
By Jon Sorensen