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05-07-2007, 07:13 PM
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On the other hand, perhaps at #9, Washington will feel they can still pick up a player they want,- and picking up an extra #3 will help them build up volume of prospects. So they may want to do that. On the other hand, Washington has a lot of young players, and may insist upon getting an NHL defenceman in such a deal.
Washington also has four picks in the first 1 1/2 rounds and, as you said, plenty of prospect and young player depth. I'd be skeptical of them moving down and picking up an extra pick or two unless they're rather underwhelmed about their options at #5. As far as their interest in defensemen are concerned, they have one too many young ones at this point and would be more likely to deal away a young defenseman (probably Eminger) than add one. I'd expect them to be much more interested in adding veterans this summer to compliment their young core players than anything else.
One other tidbit to add to IB's reference list--although it never came to pass--last year Boston offered Washington the #5 and #37 to move up to #4 and take Backstrom. The Caps had Backstrom pegged as their top choice at #4 and so they passed on the offer.
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