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2023 NHL Draft

Dalibor Dvorsky Would Add Youth To Aging Capitals Center Core At No. 8



Dalibor Dvorsky answer questions from the media at the 2023 Scouting Combine. (Mike Augello/Buffalo Hockey Now)

While one of the league’s oldest teams stands to get even older, the addition of center Dalibor Dvorsky would add young talent at a premium position to the Washington Capitals organization.

Dvorsky, a center, is the third-best international skater, according the NHL Central Scouting, and widely viewed as a safe choice in the early first round. He’s everything a team would want at the center position, drawing widespread praise for his puck skills and offensive prowess. Some analysts say that his skating ability needs work, especially after turning 18 on June 15.

“Dalibor is a quick forward with excellent offensive instincts and vision,” NHL director of European Scouting Goran Stubb told “There is room for more physical strengths but he’s surprisingly effective in battles, and usually comes out on top. He’s trusted by the coach and playing big minutes.”

Unlike Michkov, Dvorsky isn’t bound by an extensive overseas contract, and could come to make an impact in the NHL as Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin and others are on their way to retirement.

Before the 2023 NHL Draft kicks off on June 28, Washington Hockey Now
is taking a look at the prospects that could be in play
for the Washington Capitals’ No. 8 pick.

Click here for more insight on the draft’s prospects.

Career Stats

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2022-23AIK Jr.Swe-Jr.1010112129
Regular Season Stats via HockeyDB

Mock Draft Roundup

The Athletic’s Corey Pronman (2.0, June 14): 8th overall by the Washington Capitals’s Adam Kimelman (June 11): 10th overall by the St. Louis Blues’s Mike G. Morreale (June 11): 8th overall by the Washington Capitals

The Sporting News’ Bryan Murphy (3.0, June 7): 7th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers

Jared Serre covers the Washington Capitals for Washington Hockey Now. He is a graduate of West Virginia University.