The Capitals turned some heads at the NHL draft last month when they took Russian goaltending prospect Sergey Kostenko with their final pick of the seventh round.
When the Capitals took Thomas Di Pauli with the 100th pick overall of the NHL draft on Saturday in Pittsburgh, they knew they were getting a two-way center with a tireless work ethic.
In last years NHL draft, one Russian player was taken in the first round and that wasnt until the 27th selection when the Tampa Bay Lighting took Vladislav Namestnikov.
Capitals general manager George McPhee is a popular guy these days.
Since Capitals general manager George McPhee believes the upcoming NHL draft is deeper than most, hes decided to take Colorados second-round pick this year instead of waiting until next year.