Friday Caps Clips: Draft Day Dawns

ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 28: Washington Capitals Vice President and General Manager George McPhee speaks. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● Live from Trois Rivieres, it's the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Edmonton, you are on the clock. [NHL.com]

○ Come, pull up a seat at the draft table ... [ESPN]

○ ... let Pierre McGuire explain NHL Draft 101 ... [IIHF]

○ ... and don't forget your official 2012 Caps Draft Hat. [Shop.NHL.com]

● The annual Pre-Draft Chat with GM George McPhee. [Caps365 (video)]

● With the numbers eleven and sixteen picks in the first round, and nine more picks the next day, the Caps have options. [SB Nation DC, WashTimes, Checking Line, Peerless]

○ You mock us, sir. [Peerless]

Centermen! Wingers! Blueliners! Oh, my. [RMNB]

○ That hole at second line center needs filling. [KOL]

● In which Barry Trotz looks back on that time the Preds drafted Matt Hendricks ... [Smashville]

○ ... and speaking of Hendy, here's a look at his blood drive bobblehead. [@jedi_red74]

● Pending successful and timely negotiation of the CBA, here's how the NHL's 2012-2013 schedule shapes up. [NHL.com]

○ The Caps' season opens at home vs. the defending Eastern Conference champeens, and wraps up at home against the Bolts ... [Japers' Rink, Dump 'n' Chase]

○ ... some of the schedule highlight from around the League ... [SportingNews]

○ ... and the indispensable annual "How far does your team travel?" feature. [On The Forecheck]

● The day in year-end reviews:

Joel Ward... [RMNB]

○ ... and Mathieu Perreault. [CSNW]

● Another day, another "Should Alexander Semin come play for our team?" article. [Cardiac Cane]

● Former assistant coach Dean Evason looks back on seven years with the Caps, and looks ahead to his new challenge. [DCEx]

● Last year's seventh-rounder, Garrett Haar, has made a name for himself in his first season of college hockey and now has earned an invite to Team USA camp. [Caps Outsider]

● Finally, happy 34th birthday to Alexei Tezikov.

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