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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Caps draft guru and AGM Ross Mahoney gives us the team’s take on its 2017 strategy, the League buckles down for the expansion draft and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • It’s T-minus one day to the NHL Awards Show and Expansion Draft. Hoo boy.
  • The ten best players available. Feel free to skip right past #9. [USA Today]
  • Seriously. Skip right on past Nate Schmidt. The Caps can’t afford to lose him. [Stars & Sticks]
  • The horse-trading window has closed, per George McPhee. The Knights will finalize their team today and make it official on Wednesday. [AP, with incredibly disturbing photo]
  • Once the expansion draft is over, management turns its attention to the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, a draft in which the team will need to be both creative and lucky, on account it does not have a single pick before the fourth round. Of course, they have had some success with several of their late-round picks. [Caps Today, CSNMA, WashTimes,
  • They have also had success with their first-round draft picks, but... y’know. [Caps Outsider]
  • Caps AGM and draft guru Ross Mahoney spoke with the media on Monday. He and his scouts prepare for a full draft with picks in every round, in case some picks come available. [Caps Today, NoVa Caps]
  • Along with the draft discussion, he provided some thoughts on Ilya Samsonov, who he feels is at least one year away from being ready for North America... [CSNMA]
  • ... and Madison Bowey, who may be ready to break through this season. [PHT]
  • The year in review for...
  • ... Justin Williams... [Rink, RMNB, Stars & Sticks]
  • ... and Dmitry Orlov. [Peerless]
  • Conflicting reports out of Russia indicate that Evgeny Kuznetsov either has or hasn’t been offered (and declined) a 3 year/$18M contract by SKA St. Petersburg. [RMNB, and again]
  • Congrats are in order for former Caps bench boss Ron Wilson, who has been named to the US Hockey Hall of Fame. [CSNMA]
  • Finally: Lordy lordy, look who’s forty.