Thursday Caps Clips

UNIONDALE NY - JANUARY 20: Jay Beagle #83 of the Washington Capitals skates for the puck against Travis Hamonic #36 of the New York Islanders on January 20 2011 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale New York. (Photo by Lou Capozzola/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● It's T-minus 8 days until Edmonton (yes, again) goes to the podium in Trois Rivieres to kick off the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft ...

○ ... in which the Caps own selections number 11 and 16. Here's a few interesting players to have been picked at those positions ... [Puckhead]

○ ... and we will soon learn if the Caps will choose to choose a player in this year's second round or wait 'til 2013 ... [Dump 'n' Chase]

○ ... and check back here at 10am, when GMJP will unveil the Rink's first selection in the SB Nation 2012 NHL Mock Entry Draft.

● Of course all these new prospects will be expecting to report to a head coach. What coaching qualities are the Caps looking for? [CSNW]

○ ... and we learn that coach will not be Craig Berube. [CSNW, PHT, SportingNews]

● The day in year-end reviews:

Marcus Johansson... [CSNW]

○ ... Brooks Laich... [RtR]

○ ... Mike Knuble ... [CSNW]

○ ... and Michal Neuvirth. [RMNB]

● The ratings for the Caps' playoff games this year were pretty boffo. [PHT]

● Breaking news: Jay Beagle is tough and loves playing hockey. [Chirps]

● From the Caps on Holiday files, Joel Ward dropped in on Nats-Jays at Rogers Centre and pledged his allegiance to DC ... [Nats Enquirer]

○ ... and Alex Ovechkin and his tsarina are making the scene in Moscow. [RMNB]

● Finally, happy 25th birthday to Recker.

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