"the risk is being one of those teams that is stuck in rebuilding mode every year....and that would suck....."
I think what's actually happening is the opposite: the Caps are, perpeturally, one of those teams that neitehr excel nor suck, and just kind of stick in a holding pattern, which is why they have performed as they have; never good enough to consistently go deep in the playoffs, never bad enough to get a high draft pick to get young talent in.
Also of note is how many times I've heard Leonsis use the word 'cap' in interviews, even when he corrects himself.
2. The Detroit Red Wings haven't been bad enough for high round draft choices either. yet, they have zetterberg, datsyuk, fischer, hudler and so on. they have datsyuk and atlanta with a top early pick got patrick stefan with the first pick.
where you pick is no guarentee of what you are going to get.
They were lucky enough to get Yzerman and Lidstrom. They also have a good scouting staff, as do the Devils. We NEVER, get so lucky. We get one Bondra, the others get tones of gems late in the draft.
I hope that you can deal with it for a very long time. for a nhl team to be able to keep its head above water in the washington market, it needs to win. leonsis knows this. you may be a caps fan thru thin, but be prepared for a long 5 year stretch before you see any thickening. can you really deal with that, "as long as they are trying hard"? are rick berry and darcy verot really a good reason the spend $100 for two tickets for the nightly beating?
To be honest I've never had the disposable income to go to many Caps game during the year. Most of my support for the team is watching every telecast. One thing to keep in mind is that high draft picks and prospects are assets that could be traded for more established NHLers. So who truly knows what could happen in 2-3 years.
Zednik was a 7th rounder... and one could make the case for him being an all-star this year. Klee was a 9th rounder. Brunette was a 6th.
But then again, we haven't had a late round suprise since 1994 Drafts 1995, 96, and 97 were particularly brutal.
Does Halpern being completely undrafted and going from try out straight to the team make up for any of that at all? Considering that Halpern skated with the Caps every summer before camp like Werner does I would think that they knew Halpern would not be picked and let him slide knowing that he had a shot from the get go.