Washington Capitals: 5 Biggest Draft Fails During George McPhee's Tenure

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Washington Capitals: 5 Biggest Draft Fails During George McPhee's Tenure
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With the 2013 NHL draft now less than a week away, it is time for the Washington Capitals—and general manager George McPhee—to make those hard decisions that can define a franchise for years to come.

As far as McPhee is concerned, his record with draft picks has been pretty good. Since McPhee joined the Caps in 1997 and became their general manager, he has undoubtedly made some picks that have transformed the team into perennial powers in the Eastern Conference.

Alexander Semin in 2002.

Alexander Ovechkin and Mike Green in 2004.

Nicklas Backstrom in 2006.

John Carlson in 2008.

But, like any GM in the NHL, McPhee has made some bad decisions, too. Every team in the NHL has their share of draft busts, and the Caps are no exception. Some players felt to be can't-miss prospects fail badly. Other picks not expected to do much blossom into elite players.

The draft is quite often a crapshoot. Sometimes you win—sometimes not so much.

With the 2013 NHL draft fast approaching, it is time to reflect on some of McPhee's less-than-wise draft decisions.

Here then are the five biggest draft fails of McPhee's tenure with the Washington Capitals.

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