The 2012 NHL Entry Draft is now just three days away.
After months of speculation, armchair general managing, mock drafting, hoping and wishing, the most exciting day of the year for many hockey fans is fast approaching.
This draft figures to be especially important for the Washington Capitals, who, without a coach and two of their stars players in Mike Green and Alexander Semin potentially on the way out, appear to be entering a new era.
The Caps hold 11 picks in the draft, among them the 11th overall pick (acquired along with a second-rounder from the Colorado Avalanche for Semyon Varlamov) and the 16th overall pick in the first round.
This Bleacher Report 7-Round NHL Mock Draft has the Caps picking Radek Faksa at 11th overall and Hampus Lindholm at 16th.
Here is a closer look at three areas the Caps might specifically look to improve through the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.