The Capitals took their time before picking center Filip Forsberg with the 11th pick overall.
The Capitals began the NHL draft by picking up center Mike Ribero from the Stars in exchange for Cody Eakin and a second-round pick.
The NHL draft is top-heavy with defensemen and the Caps could go for one with the 11th pick overall.
It was a long, difficult season for Jeff Schultz, who seems light years away from his NHL-best plus-50 rating two years ago.
Despite Evgeny Kuznetsov's decision to play two more years in the KHL, George McPhee said he won't close the door on drafting Russians.