2010 NHL Entry Draft: And the Washington Capitals Select…
June 23, 2010 3 Comments
The Washington Capitals have proven that they can score with ease. I mean, with Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom playing for the team, who wouldn’t be able to score?
But the hockey world has had a revelation as of recent: the Capitals need to shore up their defense. After Mike Green, who isn’t the world’s best stay-at-home d-man, the Caps’ defense seems to drop off. Sure, Jeff Schultz is a great shot blocker, but no one is going to confuse him for Chris Pronger or Duncan Keith.
With that in mind, Washington, who picks 26th in this year’s NHL Entry Draft, taking place in Los Angeles, California, will need to grab a defender in what may be the deepest draft since the lockout.
One player that could be available late Friday night is Jarred Tinordi, a tall, strong defenseman from the U.S. National Developmental Program.
A monster, standing at 6’5″ and 204lbs, Tinordi has played with the U.S. National team since the 2008 season.
“I’ve been very careful with Jarred and have let him know that, while I understand he’s just 17, there are certain things I’m going to expect from him and he’s been unbelievable,” said coach Kleinendorst to NHL.com. “The way he carries himself and the respect that the guys have for him in the locker room has been great.”
“Very solid defensively and tough. Skating is fine. He probably does not have the puck skills to be a two-way defender at the NHL level, however,” says Hockey’s Future.
Another choice the Capitals have is Alexander Petrovic, a defenseman from the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League.
Petrovic, standing at 6-foot-4 and 193 pounds, has had a fair amount of success with Red Deer. His career minus-one rating in three years of hockey is not terrible, seeing as his team only made the playoffs once in those three years. He also posted 40 points in his first two years in major junior hockey.
“My strength…is my physical play with my body checks and using my reach and making that first pass out of our zone,” said Petrovic in an interview with McKeen’s Hockey Prospects. “Things that I would like to work on—to be a bit more physical with players in front of our net and to battle harder. Also I should be joining the rush more often when given that opportunity.”
Though Petrovic has much room for improvement, the Capitals can count on him to develop in Hershey before joining the NHL ranks. That’s why on Friday night, you can expect GM George McPhee to say these words:
“With the 26th pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Washington Capitals select Alexander Petrovic.”