So the Internet situation at Scotiabank Place the past two days could be classified somewhere between frustrating to a complete and total disaster. It hasn’t been good. Grand visions of blogging throughout the draft were scrapped, and I apologize for that.
Here is some more of what everyone had to say last night. Later Saturday I will try to put up some stuff from everyone I talked to: a couple of draftees, George McPhee, scouting director Ross Mahoney, goalie coach Dave Prior and new Flyers defenseman Steve Eminger.
Last night went from dragging and dragging to a whirlwind after the Caps made their splash. It is certainly a little different draft than previous ones for Washington with no immediate impact guy to rate. If the Caps paid a little too much to move up for Gustafsson, then they probably made up for it by grabbing a first-round pick for Eminger and a third-rounder.
Day Two had no surprises from Caps camp. The Caps continued to collect gritty North Americans in the later rounds and added another goalie to the fold. That is certainly a position of depth going forward for the franchise. Obviously Dmitri Kugryshev is a wild card, but it seems that can be said for every Russian outside the top one or two every year.
Just a couple of non-Caps draft notes. Jeff Schultz’s little brother, Ian, went in Round 3 to St. Louis. He is a 6-foot-1 left wing from the WHL. Two kids with area connections were drafted. Defenseman Adam Comrie, a Canadian who grew up in Arlington, went in the third round to Florida. Garrett Roe, a Vienna native who played at St. Cloud State last year, went in the seventh round to Los Angeles.