Wilson wasn't a huge stretch either. I believe he was ranked higher than a guy like Gaunce who was an option at #16, and it's for a reason. He also was much higher in the final rankings than the mid term rankings. So obviously scouts think he has much more upside than he's shown, and he started to show it in the playoffs. Lets just hope he builds off that and turns this into a real nice pick!
Well, probably should ve taken TT or Maata, but the Caps do have some young player depth in those roles.. and all the good centers were taken, so while I don't expect much out of this guy Wilson (hello skating & finishing), I doubt that not having the other two guys will hurt the Caps much.
Caps will want to get more quality centers in the next drafts, but getting Ribeiro buys them time in that regard. Though trading Wideman/Vokoun at the deadline would've probably given enough assets to move up if necessary to get a guy like Faksa
Anyway, Varlamov+Eakin for Ribeiro+Forsberg seems.. great!
Ive seen talk assuming the Caps meeting while on the clock was them not being prepared to see Forsberg there......isnt it just as possible that someone was making a serious offer for the pick? I would think, just like everyone else, they saw him falling. At some point before being on the clock you would think they would have already considered that he may be there
Re: Vasilevskiy, not a big fan of taking goalies in the 1st round.. though yeah, would ve probably preferred him to Wilson, too. Although the real value would ve been to flip him down the line for another 1st rounder-ending-up-as-top-5-player