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2013 NHL draft: Andre Burakovsky is Caps' top pick

A left-handed shot, Burakovsky checks in at 6-foot-1, 176 pounds. His father, Robert, played briefly for the Ottawa Senators in 1993-94 and at one point was a teammate of Caps assistant coach Calle Johansson, according to head coach Adam Oates.

**FILE** New Jersey Devils' Andrew Peters (25) lands a right hand as he fights with New York Islanders' Joel Rechlicz (40) during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Capitals re-sign tough guy Joel Rechlicz

The 26-year-old played in three games with the Capitals during the 2011-12 season. He opened this past season in the Phoenix Coyotes organization but was reacquired by Washington in April and sent to AHL Hershey.