I didn't think he said they were did he? He just mentioned good drafting of defense with the names of our many good draft selections on defense, and then said "never shy about taking a blueliner in the first round".
Caps are going to be ready when they first meet the Preds on the 16th, with three days off prior. While the Preds will be playing their third in four nights with just one day off. At least it's at home.