When the Caps selected Phil DeSimone with the 84th pick yesterday, it caught many by surprise, including DeSimone himself.
DeSimone finished second in the USHL last season and was named the League's most valuable player.
Like the other nine players the Caps selected this weekend, DeSimone is North American-born, which wasn't necessarily coincidental. Last night, Tarik's blog had a quote from GMGM about how the Caps had "enough" Europeans and how if you looked at the last few Cup Champs, they were composed predominantly of North American players. Tarik has since pulled the quote as it was being taking out of context (see the comments).