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NHL Draft 2013: Updated Look at Washington Capitals' Targets

Robert WoodCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2016

NHL Draft 2013: Updated Look at Washington Capitals' Targets

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    There are 11 days left until the 2013 NHL draft.

    For the Washington Capitals, time is running out to sort through their many options for the 23rd selection.

    To illustrate the multitude of possibilities for the Capitals, eight new mock drafts have been published since I wrote an article exactly a week ago titled "Facts You Need to Know About Washington Capitals Top Targets in 2013 Draft."

    These eight mock drafts projected the Capitals to select a different player from any of the mock drafts used for my original article.

    To get you up to speed on these new players, here is an updated look at the Washington Capitals' targets for the 2013 NHL draft. This ranking consists of five players, each listed with his position and current team. The players are ranked according to their value as prospects and the likelihood of being selected by the Capitals.

1. Valentin Zykov RW: Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)

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    Valentin Zykov is projected to be the Capitals' first-round pick by Brandon Worley of SB Nation Dallas, as well as by DraftSite.com.

    Here are the facts on Zykov:

    • Born on 5/15/1995 in St. Petersburg, Russia (EliteProspects.com). 
    • 6'0", 207 pounds (EliteProspects.com). 
    • Right-handed shooter (EliteProspects.com).
    • Ranked 10th in goals during the 2012-13 QMJHL regular season with 40 (TheQMJHL.ca).
    • First in points among first-year players in the 2012-13 QMJHL regular season with 75 (TheQMJHL.ca).
    • Ranked seventh on Central Scouting's final ranking of 2013 Draft Prospects: North American Skaters (NHL.com).
    • Performance in QMJHL has vastly improved his draft stock (SB Nation Dallas).
    • "Extremely dangerous in close, Zykov has a quick release and is always looking to drive to the net or jam in a rebound" (HockeysFuture.com).

2. Robert Hagg D: MODO (SHL)

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    Robert Hagg is predicted by Carl Maloney of The Hockey Writers and Chris Ransom of Hockey Utopia to be the Washington Capitals' pick at No. 23.

    Get to know Hagg with these facts:

    • Born on 2/8/1995 in Uppsala, Sweden (EliteProspects.com).
    • 6'2", 203 pounds (EliteProspects.com).
    • Left-handed shooter (EliteProspects.com).
    • Played for Team Sweden at 2012-13 U-20 World Junior Championships. Scored one goal with one assist for two points in five games, with zero penalty minutes and a minus-one rating (EliteProspects.com).
    • Ranked eighth on Central Scouting's final ranking of 2013 Draft Prospects: European Skaters (NHL.com).
    • “A very interesting prospect, Hagg has very good two-way potential and stands out most because of his ability to skate with the puck,” says Ross MacLean, head scout for International Scouting Services (Sportsnet.ca).
    • Would immediately improve a Capitals' farm system thin on defense (Sportsnet.ca). 

3. Ryan Hartman RW: Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

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    Ryan Hartman is projected as the Capitals' first selection of the 2013 NHL draft by Alson Lee, writing for both NHL On The Ice and Not Your Average Hockey Blog.

    Here are some things to know about Hartman:

    • Born on 9/20/1994 in West Dundee, IL, United States (EliteProspects.com).
    • 5'11", 185 pounds (EliteProspects.com). 
    • Right-handed shooter (EliteProspects.com).
    • Seventh in penalty minutes during 2012-13 OHL regular season with 120 (OntarioHockeyLeague.com).
    • Played for Plymouth Whalers alongside Capitals prospects Tom Wilson and Connor Carrick (OntarioHockeyLeague.com).
    • Played for Team USA at 2012-13 U-20 World Junior Championships. Scored two goals with one assist for three points in seven games, with 16 penalty minutes and a plus-four rating (EliteProspects.com).
    • Ranked 16th on Central Scouting's final ranking of 2013 Draft Prospects: North American Skaters (NHL.com).
    • "He’s also played both centre [sic] and the wing, so for a team looking for a little versatility in an all-around package, Hartman will be an attractive option" (HockeysFuture.com).

4. Rasmus Ristolainen D: TPS (SM-Liiga)

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    Rasmus Ristolainen is projected as the Capitals' first-round pick by Gus Katsaros of RotoWorld.

    Read this rundown on Rasmus: 

    • Born on 10/27/1994 in Turku, Finland (EliteProspects.com). 
    • 6'3", 207 pounds (EliteProspects.com). 
    • Right-handed shooter (EliteProspects.com).
    • Played for Team Finland at 2012-13 U-20 World Junior Championships. Scored two goals with four assists for six points in six games, with 20 penalty minutes and a plus-five rating (EliteProspects.com).
    • Led Team Finland in scoring at 2012-13 U-20 World Junior Championships (RotoWorld).
    • Ranked fourth on Central Scouting's final ranking of 2013 Draft Prospects: European Skaters (NHL.com).
    • "He plays the game with brute force..." (RotoWorld).
    • "He best skill is his hockey sense. He thinks the game at a level well beyond his years, and he does not make many mistakes on the ice" (Hockey Prospectus).
    • "He could fast track to the NHL quicker than a typical defense prospect" (Hockey Prospectus).
    • It would be a miracle if Ristolainen were available at 23, as Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus ranks him eighth among the Top 100 Draft Prospects

5. Steve Santini D: Team USA Development Program

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    Steve Santini is predicted by Russ Cohen of CSNPhilly to be Washington's pick in the first round of the draft.

    Here's what you need to know about Santini:

    • Born on 3/7/1995 in Mahopac, NY, United States (EliteProspects.com).
    • 6'2", 205 pounds (EliteProspects.com).
    • Right-handed shooter (EliteProspects.com). 
    • Played for Team USA at 2012-13 U-18 World Junior Championships. Totaled zero points, zero penalty minutes, and a plus-eight rating (EliteProspects.com).
    • Will attend Boston College, beginning this fall (CSNPhilly.com).
    • Ranked 47th on Central Scouting's final ranking of 2013 Draft Prospects: North American Skaters (NHL.com).
    • Defensive-minded defenseman with good positioning, good technique and good stickwork (CSNPhilly).  

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