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2023 NHL Draft

Mock Draft Monday: Mixed Projections For Capitals At No. 8



Matvei Michkov hold his gold medal.
Russian forward Matvei Michkov.

It won’t be Connor Bedard, but the Washington Capitals will add a high-potential prospect in June’s NHL draft.

By way of the draft lottery, the Capitals are the holders of the No. 8 overall pick — far from the projected landing spot of Bedard and Hobey Baker Award winner Adam Fantilli, but most other prospects appear to be on the table.

With mock draft season now in full swing, here are some of the predictions for who the Capitals will end up with.

Corey Pronman, The Athletic 

Matvei Michkov, RW, Sochi (KHL)

Michkov is unpredictable — he “could be long gone by this pick” because of his high potential, “or possibly he could drop further” due to a KHL contract concerns and other reasons.

Scott Wheeler, The Athletic

Ryan Leonard, RW, U.S. NTDP

Leonard “falls” to No. 8 in this mock draft, getting scooped up by the Capitals as “he’s going to be gone by this point” according to scouts.

Jason Bukala/Sam Cosentino, Sportsnet

Matvei Michkov, RW, Sochi (KHL)

Michkov is “too good to pass up” if he falls to the Capitals at No. 8.

Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff

Zach Benson, C, Winnipeg (WHL)

Behind Bedard, Benson was one of the “most dangerous scoring threats in the WHL” this season.

Mike Morreale,

Dalibor Dvorsky, C, AIK (SWE-2)

Dvorsky is “a good skater” and “great with the puck on his stick.”

Adam Kimelman,

David Reinbacher, D, Kloten (SUI)

As the Capitals have selected forwards with their top pick in the last few drafts, the 2023 draft “would be a good time to address the defense.”

Ian Kennedy, Yahoo Sports Canada

Axel Sandin Pellikka, D, Skelleftea AIK (J20 Nationell)

A puck-moving blue liner, Sandin Pellikka could project as a future replacement for John Carlson.

The 2023 NHL Draft will take place June 28-29 from Bridgestone Arena.

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