NHL Draft 2014: Final Look at Washington Capitals' Best Options in 1st Round

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NHL Draft 2014: Final Look at Washington Capitals' Best Options in 1st Round
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The Washington Capitals haven't had many chances to pick early at NHL drafts as of late, as the team's upcoming No. 13 overall selection will be just the second time the club has chosen within the top half of Round 1 since 2007.

Of course, that's because Alex Ovechkin and the Caps were riding a six-year postseason streak until 2013-14.

Despite missing the playoffs last season, new general manager Brian MacLellan has a golden opportunity to bolster a roster that remains similar to the ones that captured five division championships in six seasons from 2008-2013.

This Washington team has been built through the draft, as virtually all of the franchise's cornerstonesOvechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Karl Alzner and Mike Greenare former Capitals first-rounders.

So, with Washington in need of reinforcements on the back end, in net and down the middle, and a crop of prospects that features few surefire superstars but an abundance of high-end young talents, here's a late look at the Capitals' best options in Round 1.

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