Another Russian in Washington

NHL Mock Draft Pick #26 - Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals are up next for the 26th selection in the NHL Mock Draft.  With a young core of talented players in every area of the club, this pick will be afforded the time to develop properly in the system.  Hopefully by the time he is ready, the Capitals will have had some post-season success.

Picking for the Capitals is Philip, Staff Writer for Capitals Outsider.

Vladislav Namestnikov (C) – London Knights (OHL)

Jared’s Analysis – One of the truly great skaters in junior hockey, Namestnikov has speed to burn and a nice set of hands.  Put him on a team that already has Ovechkin, Backstrom, Semin and Green and he will be a dangerous player.  At 6′, 165 lbs, he will need to add some size and strength to his frame before he is ready for the NHL Grind, but he has the time to develop.

Philip from Capitals Outsider offers some insight into the pick:

The Capitals continue their recent trend of selecting talented Centers early in the draft, and shockingly another Russian. Namestnikov is very skilled offensively, not much of a liability defensively, but like many young players, needs strength development.



Will Namestnikov be able to gain the size to be an effective NHL player?

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Here are the Mock Draft results so far (click on the team name to go to the post about that pick):

1 EDMONTON Adam Larsson
2 COLORADO Gabriel Landeskog
3 FLORIDA Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
4 NEW JERSEY Jonathan Huberdeau
5 NY ISLANDERS Sean Couturier
6 OTTAWA Ryan Strome
7 ATLANTA Ryan Murphy
8 COLUMBUS Dougie Hamilton
9 BOSTON (FR TOR) Duncan Siemens
10 MINNESOTA Sven Bartschi
11 COLORADO Jamie Oleksiak
12 CAROLINA Joel Armia
13 CALGARY Mika Zibanejad
14 DALLAS Nathan Beaulieu
15 NY RANGERS Mark McNeill
16 BUFFALO Brandon Saad
17 MONTREAL Joseph Morrow
18 CHICAGO Zack Phillips
19 EDMONTON (FR LA) Mark Schiefele
20 PHOENIX Rocco Grimaldi
21 OTTAWA (FR NSH) Nicklas Jensen
22 ANAHEIM Oscar Klefbom
23 PITTSBURGH Tomas Jurco
24 DETROIT Jonas Brodin
25 TORONTO (FR PHI) Boone Jenner
26 WASHINGTON Vladislav Namestnikov


Now on the clock for the #27 selection, is the Tampa Bay Lightning.



2010-2011 Record: 46-25-11  (8th Overall)

League Rankings:
Goals for:  8th

Goals Against: 21st

Power Play: 6th

Penalty Kill:  8th

TOP 5 Prospects in the system: Brett Connolly (C), Carter Ashton (RW), Richard Panik (RW), Johan Harju (LW), James Wright (C)


NEEDS: The Tampa Bay Lightning showed their potential in the post-season by making it to the Conference finals and pushing Boston to the limit.  This was on the shoulders of a 41 year old goaltender, however.  The explosive offense is there for years, and coach Guy Boucher seems to have turned Vincent Lecavalier around as he had a much better second half than first to his season.  They could use more depth on the blue line going forward, as they are an aging group with the exception of Victor Hedman.


1.  JT Miller, LW, USA Under-18 (USHL)

2.  Connor Murphy, D, USA Under-18 (USHL)

3.  Alexandr Khokhlachev, F, Windsor (OHL)

4. Victor Rask, C, Leksands (SWE ELITE)

5. David Musil, D, Vancouver (WHL)

Check back on TOO MANY MEN ON THE SITE  on Thursday evening to see who “Bolts By The Bay” selects  on behalf of the Lightning, as the Fansided mock draft continues!

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