- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 13, 2002

Seen and heard last night at HSBC Arena in Buffalo:

DRAFT WATCH The Caps have three first-round picks in the entry draft, which begins June 22. Based on the NHL standings through Thursday, the Caps would draft 12th overall with their own choice, 19th overall with Vancouver's choice (for Trevor Linden) and 25th overall with Philadelphia's pick (for Adam Oates).
The draft lottery will be held Tuesday, and Washington's pick could go up, down or stay the same. There is a possibility that Vancouver also might be involved in the lottery, depending on the last two days' results.
FANS THANKED The Caps will conduct their annual Fan Appreciation Night during and after tonight's game against the New Jersey Devils at MCI Center. It is Washington's final game of the season.
A team spokesman said dozens of prizes will be handed out, including 25 autographed, game-worn jerseys. A 26th game-worn jersey also will be handed out by Jaromir Jagr, who will autograph it when the fan who wins it arrives at rinkside.
SEASON NOT OVER Jagr confirmed that he is planning to play in the World Championships for the Czech Republic this spring. The annual tournament will be held in Goteborg, Sweden.
Other Caps who have been approached to play for their respective countries include Olie Kolzig, Germany; Peter Bondra, Slovakia; and Ken Klee and Steve Konowalchuk, United States.
Dave Fay


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