It seemed like a steal at the time, when the Washington Capitals dealt oft-injured goaltender Semyon Varlamov to the Colorado Avalanche for a 2012 first-round pick and a second-rounder in 2012 or 2013. That’s because the Avalanche were one of the worst teams in the NHL last season.
And while Colorado contended for a playoff spot for much of this year, it fell short and into the NHL Draft Lottery. But the Avalanche did not move up, and so the Caps will select 11th. It’s the franchise’s highest pick since they had the No. 5 selection in 2007 (Karl Alzner).
Washington will also have its own first round pick, which will be 16th unless the Caps go to the Stanley Cup Final.