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Monday Caps Clips: The Draft Class of 2014

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Welcoming the draft class of 2014, checking out some UFAs, qualifying some RFAs, plus joy and pride Down Under.

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  • By the numbers: The Caps selected 6 players (plus a trade for the rights to Winnipeg's RFA goalie Eddie Pasquale) including five forwards (one left-right wing, two right wings, one left wing, one left wing/centerman) and one goaltender. By nationality, the Caps chose two Czechs, one Swede, two Yanks, and the very first Australian ever drafted into the National Hockey League. Crikey.
  • Draft class overviews [WaPo, GM on a Couch, Caps OutsiderRotoworldStars and Sticks, Yahoo Sports (plus the Metropolitan Division draft in review)]
  • AGM Ross Mahoney breaks down his draft. [WaPo, Dump 'n' Chase, Monumental (video)]
  • The first round and falling forwards. [RMNB]
  • The morning after the night before. [Peerless, DSP]
  • Better know:
  • The circle comes complete for Barry Trotz... [WaPo]
  • ... and the checkbook comes open. [WaPo]
  • First order of business - is Alex Ovechkin a right wing or a left wing? [CSNW, NHL.com]
  • Oh hai there Justin Peters, pending UFA goaltender. We see you looking at us looking at you looking at us. [NBC4]
  • And you, Matt Niskanen, pending UFA defenseman, you loved playing for Todd Reirden, right? [WaPo]
  • The Caps have issued qualifying offers to pending restricted free agents Michael Latta, Cameron Schilling, and Nate Schmidt. We bid Brett Flemming, Peter LeBlanc, and Nicolas Deschamps farewell. [WaPo]
  • New guy Pasquale also received a QO from the Caps, as he is projected to be the backup goalie in Hershey. [Patriot-News]
  • This discussion of the "best special teams in the NHL" is interesting, especially with the arrival of Reirden to the Caps' bench. [PHT]
  • G'day, Nate! Oz has turned inside out with joy.  Perhaps the Caps are also building Australia's hockey capital...  [Sydney Morning Herald, Border Mail, Puck Daddy, The Roar, The Age, The AIHL]
  • ... and just in case here is some advice for the Australian athlete in America. My favorite: "Find an American family you can share Thanksgiving with. It’s an incredible tradition and one of the best days of the year." [News.com.au]
  • Finally, Robert Bannerman is one of the commissioners of the Australian Ice Hockey League. He has an urgent request: