Move over, Alex Ovechkin. There’s a new Russian Alexander in town.
The Washington Capitals selected defenseman Alexander Alexeyev with the No. 31 overall selection of the 2018 NHL Draft Friday night, the final pick of the first round.
Alexeyev, a left-shot blueliner from St. Petersburg, Russia, played for the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. He stands 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and tallied 11 goals and 47 assists for the Rebels over the last two seasons.
The Capitals traded 37-year-old defenseman Brooks Orpik to the Colorado Avalanche before the first round began Friday, and with John Carlson potentially joining the free agent market and three different rookies playing on the blue line last season, the Capitals sought to bolster their depth on defense.
Washington will make six more selections on Saturday during rounds two through seven.