4. Washington: Jordan Staal. The Caps count themselves lucky when Staal falls to them at No. 4. Staal will be thrilled to center goal-scoring machine [Alex] Ovechkin for the next 10-12 years. He provides the Caps with a skilled forward who also has some grit, and if he progresses like his brothers, he'll be a steal.He has brothers? As for the Caps' second pick in the first round, Woodlief has the Caps rolling the dice on a Russian kid:
23. Washington (from Nashville in the Brendan Witt trade): Artem Anisimov. Caps take the first huge gamble of the draft and take the big, skilled Russian forward. If the transfer agreement is cleared up, this will be a great pick. If not, it's a waste.Well apparently the agreement has been cleared up, so perhaps Anisimov, HF's sixth-rated Russian prospect and ISS's 22nd rated prospect overall, won't be around by the time the Caps make their second pick. Then again, none of the top-five rated Ruskies are projected by USA Today to go before Anisimov so who knows?
For a good profile of Staal, go here. As for some vitals and commentary on Anisimov:
Artem Anisimov, C
Weight: 191 lb
Artem Anisimov finished his draft year off with an average performance at the U18 WJC. The young center did not deliver a consistent performance, impressing in the game against the Czechs, but failing to make a significant impact in the games either against