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Washington Capitals: The Fickle Finger of (Drafting) Fate — Picking 24th Overall

When the NHL meets in virtual space for the 58th Entry Draft on October 6th, fans of the Washington Capitals will have to wait a little while before knowing who the team selects in the first round. The Caps pick 24th which, while the highest they will have selected (barring any trades) since 2015, when they took goalie Ilya Samsonov with the 22nd overall pick, it will be a territory with which they have become familiar in the last decade plus. Only three times since 2008 have they drafted higher than the 20’s in the first round out of ten first round picks (2014, when they took Jakub Vrana with the 13th overall pick, and 2012, when they took Filip Forsberg with the 12th overall pick and Tom Wilson with the 16th overall pick).