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NHL Draft 2019: Caps Select Martin Hugo Has

With their last (?) pick of the day, the Caps snag their first blueliner

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The Caps have once again traded up, moving into spot #153 to grab Czech defenseman Martin Hugo Has.

Check out where Hugo Has was ranked coming into this draft:

  • Ranked #101 by THE ATHLETIC
  • Ranked #204 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
  • Ranked #38 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (EU Skaters)
  • Ranked #68 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM

Here again is The Athletic’s Corey Pronman:

I highlighted Hugo Has at this time last season as a top talent in the 2001 age group who looked promising in the summer. His season was a disappointment. He didn’t play all that well in league play and teams I talked to were very concerned about his trajectory. He does have an intriguing enough toolkit to remain a pick for me, even given those concerns. He’s a 6-foot-4 defenseman who can move the puck. He has above-average IQ and some power play QB ability. His skating isn’t a selling point. I know some scouts who call him slow. I disagree. I think it projects as pro-average. He has some elusiveness and can close on checks but won’t be a blazer. He’ll need work around the edges to become more consistent all-around, but there’s an NHL toolkit here if he puts it together.

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Czech defenseman Haš has been spending his second year in a row in Finland, playing mostly for Tappara U20 team in Jr. A SM-liiga which is the top junior league in the country. He’s also been a regular with Czech national teams at the junior level, and he’s always been one of their best players. Haš is a two-way defenseman with great size at 6-foot-4. He isn’t overly physical but definitely has the type of body that allows him to be more physical later on. He also has that always-valuable right-handed shot from the blue line. He does a good job moving the puck and joining the rush but doesn’t do anything fancy offensively. He has a good shot and he’s not afraid to use it. He has upside to become a number four defenseman at the NHL level but may end up peaking as a reliable bottom-pair guy. But he has a lot of qualities that are valuable to NHL teams which gives him good NHL certainty.

Here’s DraftSite on Has:

Defensively able big man with a long reach and an active stick. Is poise and patient with the puck on the offensive side has pretty good footwork and feet for prospect his side, even his lateral and backward skating is really decent too. Has a strong straight ahead North-South stride. A very good passer who can lay short precison passes on teammate’s stick, and is adept at threading the needle with neat stretch passes. Will occasionally use his size to his favor. There are negatives too. He shows poise in his carries, but caves when under heavy pressure. Needs more power in his skating and can get beaten wide and also get stuck on the wrong side of pucks. Projects as a long term project who rounds out his skills and game eventually.