The Capitals sacrificed their early picks in the 2011 draft to get immediate help. Their second rounder went to Carolina to get Joe Corvo at the 2010 deadline, the third rounder brought in Dennis Wideman at the 2011 deadline, and the first rounder was shipped to Chicago for forward Troy Brouwer at the draft.
The Capitals were not impressed with the quality of the draft eligible players, and so they decided to take a pass for this year.
That said, the Capitals were strong in the later rounds. In the fourth they picked up goalie Steffen Soberg, who, while raw, is extremely talented, and if he is nurtured correctly could turn into being an elite backup at the NHL level.
The fifth saw the team grab defenseman Patrick Koudys, who could easily have gone a lot higher. He adds good size (6'4") to a prospect corps low on it.
In the sixth, they grabbed Travis Boyd, an energetic center from the USNTDP. He was impressive in development camp, and projects as a good fourth liner down the road.
Finally, they picked up defenseman Garrett Haar, arguably the most impressive player at the development camp.
The bottom line is, all four of these players could realistically see time with the Capitals organization somewhere down the road.