Capitals Draft Four Players, Three Defensemen

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The Capitals selected three defenders and one left winger at the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago. Starting with the fourth round, the Capitals had one pick in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. Tobias Geisser was the first player taken in the draft as he was selected 120th overall. The Caps also drafted Sebastian Walfridsson, Benton Maass, and Kristian Roykas-Marthinsen. 

Dating back to 2015, nine of the Capitals’ 15 picks have been defenders. Let’s learn more about the four newest members of the Capitals organization.

4th round (120 overall)
Defense, 6’4”, 201 lbs

Geisser is an 18-year old defenseman from Switzerland that shoots left-handed. Elite Prospects had high praise for the young defender saying, “Geisser is two-way defenseman with excellent size and mobility. Sees the ice well and plays crisp passes to spark a team’s transition game. Has a long reach and shows a smart defensive game, while keeping his plays simple. Needs to improve his physical play and has to make better use of his excellent frame, as he plays a soft game. Owns a hard shot, which makes him a valuable option for the power play.”

You can check out his stats here.

5th round (151 overall)
Defense, 6’0”, 192 lbs

Walfridsson is from MoDo of the Swedish League. Another 18-year old left-handed defenseman, he’s a little smaller than Geisser, but it gives the Capitals more organizational depth at the blueline. Walfridsson played for the Swedish 18-U team at the 2017 World Championships. He scored two goals and tallied five assists and seven points in 38 games played last season in the Swedish junior league.

You can check out his stats here.

6th round (182 overall)
Defense 6’1” 185 lbs

Maass is a right-handed defender from Elk River, Minnesota. Maas was ranked as the 159th best player in the draft by The 18-year old scored six goals and added 23 assists for 29 points in 25 games with Elk River high school this past season. Maas also was part of the Firebanks of the NAHL where he played in 26 games recording seven goals, nine assists and 16 points

You can check out his stats here.

7th round (213 overall)
Left Wing 6’0” 181 lbs

After taking three defenseman, the Capitals ended their draft day taking a left winger. The 18-year old from Norway has shown a great skill set offensively while playing in Europe. At the Junior World Championships, he scored eight points in five games with five goals and three assists.

You can check out his stats here.

Brian MacLellan met with the media following the draft:

By Michael Marzzacco


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