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Washington Capitals Draft Connor Hobbs

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With the 143rd pick in the 2015 Draft, the Caps select a defenseman from the WHL.

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The Caps have selected defenseman Connor Hobbs from the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL.

Here's a look at his 2014-15 season from Hockey's Future:

Hobbs played for the gold medal-winning Canada u18 team at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before returning to Medicine Hat for his first WHL season. He played 12 games with the Tigers before returning home to Saskatchewan, skating briefly for the Nipawin Hawks and representing Canada West in the 2014 World Junior A Challenge. He returned to the WHL in January after being obtained by Regina in a January trade. Hobbs scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +1 with 15 penalty minutes in 12 games with the Tigers.

Hobbs stepped into a key role for Regina after joining the Pats. He scored 1 goal with 15 assists and was +5 with 21 penalty minutes in 33 regular season games. In eight playoff games he scored 2 goals and was -2 with 7 penalty minutes. In five games for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka tournament he had 2 assists and was +6 with 2 penalty minutes. In four games with Nipawin he had no points and 4 penalty minutes. Hobbs had no points and 2 penalty minutes in four games for Canada West, which was eliminated in the quarterfinals. Hobbs was invited to the NHL Prospects Combine and was ranked 72nd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings prior to the 2015 NHL Draft.

He also appears to know how to drop the gloves...

More on Hobbs here on finding success in Regina after being part of a blockbuster trade from the Tigers to the Pats. Here's what his coach in Regina, John Paddock, had to say about him:

"He does a lot of things really well," said Pats head coach John Paddock. "He's big, he's got good skills, he moves good on the ice. He's everything we hoped for.

"For somebody who shoots the puck like him, you hope there's going to be more offence. I think there will be. More than anything, he's 17. Last year he was playing midget hockey. When he's 18 and 19 years old, he's going to be a really high-end defenceman."