This year, in my opinion, it really doesn't make too much sense for the Capitals to trade up or down, as it's a pretty deep draft, and sitting in the 22nd spot is great for the Caps. As of today, there hasn't been a pre-draft conference call, but according to ESPN's Craig Custance, MacLellan has stated that he will not be trading away his 22nd pick, and has hinted that he doesn't want to anger Mahoney by trading away the selection. Mohoney won't be angry, as he has basically stated that he doesn't really care if the pick gets traded or not, as long as the Caps get closer to winning the Stanley Cup.
MacLellan has also stated that he will be looking to trade for a top-six forward. A couple of weeks ago, I identified a couple of candidates who could be looking to move a top-six forward. Both of those trading candidates, the Chicago Blackhawks (Patrick Sharp) and the St. Louis Blues (T.J. Oshie), don't have a first-round selection this year.
Could a first-round pick be the key to acquiring either Sharp or Oshie from their respective teams? Possibly.
For all we know, MacLellan does plan on trading the pick. For all we know, MacLellan truly doesn't plan on trading the pick. But, interestingly enough, the last time Chicago got into a bit of a sticky cap situation, the Capitals shipped their 2011 first-round pick in exchange for a young winger by the name of Troy Brouwer.
Draft previews are a lot more fun if we pretend MacLellan plans on not trading the pick. So why don't we go ahead and pretend that MacLellan is definitely going to keep that 22nd pick?Spoke with Caps AGM Ross Mahoney. On keeping 22nd pick: "You never know what’ll happen in the days leading up to the draft or at the draft."— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) June 19, 2015
This year marks the very first year the Capitals have selected the 22nd overall pick in the NHL entry draft. In the 2013 draft, the Caps held the 23rd overall pick, selecting Andre Burakovsky, who turned out pretty well. And in the 2008 draft, the Capitals held the 21st pick and selected Anton Gustafsson. He didn't turn out very well.
But the Caps have been excelling at the draft for the past several years, all thanks to Mahoney and the Capitals' scouting staff. In fact, excluding last year's first-round pick of Jakub Vrana, nine of their last 10 first-round draft selections have consistently played in the NHL. That's pretty outstanding. Even more outstanding is that, for the most part, the Capitals first-round selections are always in the low-20s, as they frequently excel in the regular season, and falter in the playoffs (frowny face). We can reasonably assume whoever we are lucky enough to select with that 22nd pick will in fact also make it in the NHL.
So, who could be that 22nd pick?
Last year in that pre-draft press conference, Mahoney and MacLellan stated they generally select the best player available, no matter what their position on the ice is. Since both those guys are at the helm in this year's draft once again, we can assume they head into this year's draft with that same mindset. So by using that same mindset, I've identified six possible selections for that spot: Three forwards and three defenseman.
The first two selections are guys that I identified as two players who are generally pre-ranked across the hockey webisphere a little higher than 22nd overall, but could potentially drop in the draft for different reasons. The last two guys on this list will definitely be available with that 22nd pick, and could make for a great selection. But the middle two players, a forward and a defenseman, should be hovering around that 22nd pick, and the Caps should be gunning for either one of those two when they are on the clock.
So here you have it. Learn a little bit about a potential future Capital.
Travis Konecny, Center, Ottawa 67's, OHL.
5'9.75", 175 lbs. Right-handed Canadian. Projects as scoring forward.
Two years ago, I was very high on Bo Horvat. I saw him as an elite two-way forward at the time with the London Knights, and I thought he would one day be an ideal second-line center for the Capitals. I had also predicted that Horvat would be selected far before the Capitals' 23rd pick of that year. He was, selected ninth overall by the Vancouver Canucks.
Horvat tore it up this season with the Canucks, finishing with 13 goals and 12 assists in 68 games. And in the playoffs, Horvat co-led the Canucks in points. Horvat accomplished all of this playing primarily as a third-liner. Next season, he will be more than ready to play second-line minutes, and he will be just 20-years-old.
Okay, why am I telling you all of this?
Travis Konecny is Bo Horvat's second cousin.
Now, Horvat and Konecny play a different style of hockey. Horvat excels on both ends of the ice, while Konecny relies more on his skill to succeed on the ice. But Konecny does mirror one quality from his cousin: He plays with a big heart, battling in the corners and playing a really strong.
Konecny finished with 29 goals and 39 assists in 60 games this season for an okay Ottawa 67's team. In the five playoff games the 67's played in, Konecny added three goals and seven assists. But where Konecny really stood out was the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects game, where Konecny dominated for Team Orr in the 6-0 victory earlier this year. Konecny played alongside projected top-pick Connor McDavid and projected first-round pick Timo Meier, and the line dominated Team Cherry. Konecny finished with two goals and one assist on the night, earning himself Most Valuable Player honors.
At the NHL combine, Konecny proved just how strong he really is. Konecny tied with Jack Eichel and Evgeny Svechnikov for the fourth most bench press reps, with 16 (since he weighed in at 175 pounds, Konecny benched 145 pounds). Konecny also finished with the second-highest pull-ups, with 13 and the 10th best standing long jump, leaping 111 inches.
Travis Konecny's-2015 stats aren't that impressive if you just look at this season, but if you include last season pic.twitter.com/Pt29gUj7an— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) March 26, 2015
Konecny was drafted first overall in the 2013 OHL draft, ahead of Dylan Strome (drafted 2nd that year), Sean Day (4th), Lawson Crouse (5th) and Mitch Marner (19th), all of whom are projected to be top picks in this year's draft (with the exception of Day, who is eligible for the 2016 draft. Day was granted exceptional status and was allowed to enter the OHL a year early). So why could Konecny possibly drop to the Capitals at the 22nd pick?
Konecny is really small.
At only 5'9.75"and 172 lbs., Konecny is the smallest player projected to be a first round pick. Should size play a factor in team's draft strategies, Konecny will surely drop. History shows that size does tend to play a factor in NHL drafts. Since 2011, only eight players that were 5'10 or shorter were selected in the first round of their draft, and Canucks Army recently found that shorter players have a steeper hill to climb when it comes to NHL success.
But with recent "short guy" success stories in the NHL, like Johnny Gaudreau (5'9", selected 104th overall) and Tyler Johnson (5'9", undrafted), is it really worth looking over a skilled forward just because he isn't eye level with the common NHL player?
Teams could also be weary of selecting Konecny early in the first round because he hasn't seen too much improvement within his two years at the OHL. In his first season with Ottawa, Konecny finished with 70 points in 63 games. In his second, he finished with 68 in 60.
Teams that are already quite large may not be too concerned with taking a risk on a smaller player. One team that comes in mind is the Los Angeles Kings, a large, skilled team that just barely missed out on the playoffs. The Kings hold the 13th pick. Interestingly enough, when Konecny was selected by the Ottawa 67's with the first overall pick in the 2013 OHL draft, the selection was made by 67's GM Chris Byrne. Byrne now serves as a scout for the Los Angeles Kings.
I see it going either way. There's no doubt in my mind that Konecny would be a top ten pick if he was 6 feet or taller. He is a skilled, tenacious forward who can win you games. If teams choose to pass over Konecny because of his size, it would only be the Caps gain. But it might be a stretch to have 21 teams pass over Konecny.
What Others Are Projecting:
International Scouting Services: 12th overall
Hockeyprospect.com: 20th overall
The Hockey News: 24th overall
Bob McKenzie: 15th overall
NHL Central Scouting (North Americans): 14th overall
Jakub Zboril, Defenseman, Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL
6'0.75", 184 lbs. Left-handed Czech. Projects as physical two-way defenseman.
Jakub Zboril is as close to the full package as you could get with a late first-round pick.
Sure, guys like Noah Hanifin, Ivan Provorov and Zach Werenski will go before Zboril. Hanifin is ranked so highly because he is a tremendously intelligent defenseman with offensive upside. Provorov and Werenski are the same way.
Zboril doesn't have the same confidence as those guys offensively. Despite putting up 13 goals and 20 assists in his first season with the Saint John Sea Dogs in the QMJHL, Zboril was seen as too passive offensively, choosing to pass the puck instead of shooting it more times than not.
But what scouts collectively agree on is that Zboril is extremely confident in the defensive zone. But what really separates himself from the rest of the pack is his physicality.
At 6'2" and 185 lbs., Zboril lays into his opponents frequently. He picks and chooses when to throw his weight around, though sometimes it's not the right decision. Zboril has twice been suspended for illegal hits in his junior career.
On top of his physical play, Zboril also served as an enforcer, regularly stepping up for his teammates and dropping the gloves when called upon.
Zboril didn't make the Czech Republic World Junior team for the Under-20s, but he did compete for the Czech Republic this year, finishing with four goals and two assists in five games at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial, earning a silver medal.
Zboril also earned QMJHL Rookie All-Star team honors, was one of three finalists for the Michael Bossy Trophy award as the QMJHL's top professional prospect, and his 13 goals set a Saint John franchise record as the most goals by a rookie defenseman in one season.
If Zboril develops his offensive level a bit more, it would be icing on the cake, as the Czech defenseman is already technically sound and physical in his own zone.
Depending on how many teams are looking for a defenseman in the first round, Zboril may be taken far earlier than 22nd. From virtually every prospect list I have seen, Zboril is anywhere from the 4th best available defenseman to the 7th best available. But should he be available when the Capitals take the stand in the first round, Zboril could end up being a superb pick.
What Others Are Projecting:
International Scouting Services: 22nd overall
Hockeyprospect.com: 21st overall
The Hockey News: 22nd overall
Bob McKenzie: 14th overall
NHL Central Scouting (North Americans): 12th overall
Colin White, Center, NTDP, USHL
6'0", 183 lbs. Right-handed American. Projects as two-way center.
The USA Hockey National Team Development Program consistently churns out first-round caliber, talented prospects.
This year's team was a little bit different. The team went 49-12-2, but what really stood out was several individual players achievements. Auston Matthews, the team's leading scorer, shattered Patrick Kane's NTDP point record with 117 in 60 games (Kane finished with 102 in the 2005-06 season). But Matthews wasn't the only player to break a record. Jeremy Bracco set the assist mark, with 64 in 65 games (again, passing Kane, who had 50 in 2005-06 and Andy Hilbert, who finished with 50 in the 1998-99 season).
However, Matthews isn't eligible for this year's draft, born just two days after the Sept. 17, 1997 cutoff date for the 2015 draft. Bracco is eligible for the 2015 draft, but at just 5'9", many are questioning if he has the body type to be an NHL-level player.
So who headlines the program for this year's draft?
White had a pretty rough year for the Development Program, missing time with mononucleosis and a wrist injury.
But should the Capitals select, White they can guarantee themselves two things: 1) White will never miss time for the Caps with mononucleosis, as you can only get it once and 2) The Capitals will draft one heck of a hockey player.
White finished his year with the Development Program with 23 goals and 31 assists in 54 games, and he dominated in the U-18 World Junior Championship, with six goals and three assists in USA's route to gold. While his point output isn't what makes him stand out, his ability to do just about anything on the ice certainly does.
White has athleticism flowing through his blood. His father is in the Hall of Fame at Georgia Tech for football and track, and his mother played tennis at Florida State. White uses that athleticism to dominate all 200 feet of the ice.
White proved he has raw athleticism at the NHL combine. White finished with the top times at both the left and right pro agility test (5-10-5 yard shuttle), the sixth-highest vertical jump and the eight-highest standing long jump
White may very well be the best two-way player in the draft, and while his ceiling is probably no higher than an NHL second-line center, many are very high on the Boston College-bound forward.
"When I'm talking about (White), there's no doubt in my mind this kid is one heck of a hockey player," Don Granato, White's U-18 NTDP coach, told NHL.com's Joe Yerdon. "He's going to be a great pro player. The details you need at the professional level, he has. He does them naturally. He competes naturally. I don't care if he had 100 points, that doesn't make anybody better than anybody else at the (junior) level. It might make him only better at this level. It has no bearing on the future."
"But I can tell you this. The details and the intricacies that you want as a coach, they get done when (White)'s on the ice. As a coach, it's more than going out and trying to score every shift. It's getting your job done and he's the type of player that does that. He competes very well and has a lot of detail to his game at a very young age."
So while White won't wow you offensively, he's the type of player that can do it all. One of his favorite players he likes to watch is Patrice Bergeron, and many have compared him to the player he looks up to.
What Others Are Projecting:
International Scouting Services: 15th overall
Hockeyprospect.com: 23rd overall
The Hockey News: 19th overall
Bob McKenzie: 16th overall
NHL Central Scouting (North Americans): 29th overall
Oliver Kylington, Defenseman, Farjestad BK, SHL
6'0", 180 lbs. Left-handed Swede. Projects as offensive defenseman.
The Capitals have a history of drafting players that fell a bit in the pre-draft rankings of their draft year.
The "draft year droppers" selection appears to have worked with both Burakovsky and Vrana, and if the Capitals were to select Oliver Kylington, they could include him into the same mix as Burakovsky and Vrana.
Kylington's (it's pronounced "kill-ington") draft rankings have dropped severely since the start of the season. If we take a look at the International Scouting Services rankings in October, Kylington is the fifth-ranked prospect (interestingly enough, previously-mentioned Colin White was ranked seventh, so he too has dropped a bit). If we fast-forward to the January rankings, Kylington drops to 12th. Again, moving forward to April, Kylington moves to 24th on the rankings. And, finally, if we look at the final ranking posted in June, Kylington doesn't even finish in the top-30 2015 draft-eligible prospects.
You're first initial reaction should be to just avoid this guy at all costs, right?
Not necessarily. Let's see why exactly Kylington dropped so dramatically in draft rankings first.
Kylington was hyped as a top-end defenseman prospect for the 2015 NHL draft because he was playing against full-grown professional men in the Swedish Hockey League for Farjestad as a 16-year-old in the 2013-14 season. Kylington is the youngest player, at just 16 years, four months and 10 days old, to ever score a goal in SHL history after scoring the game-winning goal for Farjestad in his season debut of that season. Kylington would play in 32 games, recording two goals and four assists. Kylington was hailed as the next big defenseman to come out of Sweden.
Kylington's expectations may have been far too high for this season. After just 18 games, two goals and three assists with Farjestad, Kylington was loaned to second-tier level AIK in Allsvenskan. But after just 17 games, four goals and three assists with AIK, Kylington was sent down again, this time to the Farjestad U-20 team (despite AIK facing regulation...yikes).
Once Kylington settled into the junior level, he unsurprisingly felt a bit more comfortable once he played against players his age, scoring four goals and three assists in just 10 games with U-20 Farjestad. He added an addition five assists in six playoffs games with the club as well.
Internationally, Kylington has played pretty well for Sweden. Kylington has represented Sweden several times this year, playing in 22 different games this year, including the U-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the U-18 World Junior Championship. Kylington was unable to participate in the U-20 World Junior Championship this year in Canada due to an undisclosed injury, but he surely would have played a prominent role on the team.
Kylington is an excellent skater and projects as a puck-moving defenseman capable of chipping in offensively. He knows when to jump into offensive situations, and when to hold back.
The Capitals love their puck-moving defensemen, and adding Kylington to the mix could prove to be beneficial.
What Others Are Projecting:
International Scouting Services: Outside of Top 30
Hockeyprospect.com: 29th overall
The Hockey News: 20th overall
Bob McKenzie: 24th overall
NHL Central Scouting (European): 6th overall
Joel Eriksson Ek, Center, Farjestad BK, SHL
6'1.75", 180 lbs. Left-handed Swede. Projects as two-way center.
Joel Eriksson Ek has a remarkably similar, yet polar opposite story from Kylington.
That doesn't really make any sense, but let me explain.
Like Kylington, Eriksson Ek saw time with both the professional Farjestad club and the junior-level Farjestad club.
But unlike Kylington, Eriksson Ek got to see a little more time (and valuable time) with the professional squad. Kylington played in 34 games in the mens league, recording four goals and two assists. Eriksson Ek even got to see a bit of playing time during the playoffs, participating in three games, but failed to record a point.
Similarly to Kylington, Eriksson Ek did most of his damage at the junior level, finishing 21 goals and 11 assists in 25 games, and added another five goals and five assists in six playoff games.
But unlike Kylington, Eriksson Ek shot up the draft rankings. Kylington was ranked as high as fifth in some the International Scouting Service's rankings, and Eriksson Ek didn't even crack the top 30 prospects until February. On top of that, Eriksson Ek ranked as the 43rd prospect at the mid-season at TSN, and he went from the 22nd-best European prospect in the NHL Central Scouting rankings to the 4th.
So why did Eriksson Ek skyrocket up the draft rankings?
Eriksson Ek was holding his own playing against men in the SHL. That will always help your case in your draft year. But it's also the way Eriksson Ek plays that has everyone excited. Eriksson Ek not only contributes offensively, but he excels on the defensive end of the puck.
Eriksson Ek uses that keen hockey sense to his advantage against his peers. Though Sweden had a pretty underwhelming U-18 World Championship, Eriksson Ek shined bright, scoring five goals in as many games. And at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament, Eriksson Ek scored three goals and recorded an assist in five games.
He excels at the two way game because he has the perfect body frame at nearly 6'2" and weighing 180 pounds. It's his size that can turn Eriksson Ek from a good player to a great one. However, he needs to bulk up a bit and get stronger so he can muscle guys off of the puck. At the NHL combine, Eriksson Ek finished extremely well in the aerobic tests, finishing with the third-best VO2max score out of all of the participating prospects (what's a VO2max score? Find out here). But Eriksson Ek didn't finish in the top ten in any of the tests that measure strength. Should he gain a little bit of muscle into that 6'2" frame, he will be hard to stop.
One guy Eriksson Ek looks up to is Peter Forsberg, a fellow Swede that was excellent at shielding others off the puck and played defensively responsible. Eriksson Ek has all the tools he needs to be an excellent player, he just has to figure out how to use them.
Eriksson Ek represents a potential pick. There's a lot to like about a guy who excels at the two way game, and Eriksson Ek does just that.
What Others Are Projecting:
International Scouting Services: 20th overall
Hockeyprospect.com: 15th overall
The Hockey News: 27th overall
Bob McKenzie: 23rd overall
NHL Central Scouting (European): 4th overall
Brandon Carlo, Defenseman, Tri-City Americans, WHL
6'5", 196 lbs. Right-handed American. Projects as shutdown defenseman.
In 2004, the Washington Capitals selected 6'6" defenseman Jeff Schultz in the first round. Schultz would go on to play in 399 games spread over seven seasons for the Caps before being bought out after what appeared to be six or seven years of absolutely dreadful play.
Just a year later in the 2005 NHL draft, the Washington Capitals selected 6'5" defenseman Sasha Pokulok and 6'8" defenseman Joe Finley with their two first-round picks. The two of them combined for 21 total NHL games, all of them played by Finley, and not a single one came in a game in which he played for the Washington Capitals.
Should the Capitals select Brandon Carlo with their 22nd pick, he would be just the fourth player that stands at least 6'5" tall selected by the Capitals in the first round.
The first three giants the Caps drafted were first-round busts. But could Carlo potentially put an end to that streak?
Carlo has played in the WHL for the Tri-City Americans for the last two years. Offensively, he won't wow anyone, as he scored just four goals and 21 assists in 63 games this season. But Carlo is given big minutes when he is on the ice. And he is an excellent skater for a guy his size.
Carlo was one of four 2015-draft eligible players to participate for Team USA in the World junior Championship (Eichel, Hanifin and Werenski were the others). Though USA's early quarterfinal exit was pretty underwhelming, Carlo made his presence known defensively. He plays a really intelligent game, has a shockingly large reach and skates with excellence.
But there are a couple of things holding Carlo back from other first-round projected defensemen like Hanifin, Werenski and even Provorov. One is his complete lack of an offensive game. Carlo is very passive, and doesn't shoot the puck nearly as often as he should. Carlo is incredibly large and incredibly strong, finishing with the fourth-lowest percentage of body fat at the combine (just 4.9 percent) the sixth-strongest handgrip with both his right and left hand, and finished with the 10th most pull-ups, completing 11 at the NHL Combine. But his second problem is that he really doesn't use his size to his advantage. He's not particularly physical (though he does drop the glove when needed), but if you watched him during the World Junior Championship, he appeared to be concerned about making a mistake, taking the super safe option virtually every time. Carlo is blessed with a large frame, similar in a mold to Shea Weber. If Carlo gets a little meaner, uses his size to his advantage and adds a powerful shot to his repertoire, he can be a dangerous defenseman.
Now, Carlo should be available at the 22nd pick, but if team's value a right-handed defenseman, Carlo could come off the board earlier than expected. Right-handed defensemen are relatively rare, and they are pretty valuable to own (see: Jeff Petry's contract, stay tuned for Mike Green's new deal). The Caps claim to grab whatever prospect they think has the best chance of success, regardless of player type, position, handedness, whatever. It's a good strategy. But there's no denying that the Capitals are already relatively deep with long-term, right-handed defensemen options with John Carlson, Matt Niskanen and Madison Bowey apparently being in the Capitals long-term plans. I would imagine they would prefer to snag a left-handed defenseman, a polar opposite strategy from virtually every other NHL team. There's no denying that Carlo has the potential to be the next big thing, but he's a long-term project that they will need to be patient with.
What Others Are Projecting:
International Scouting Services: 21st overall
Hockeyprospect.com: 27th overall
The Hockey News: 31st overall
Bob McKenzie: 22nd overall
NHL Central Scouting (North American): 25th overall
Denis Gurianov, Forward, Togliatti Jr.: Big Russian forward that has risen his stock over the past couple of months. Fast skater who crashes towards the net plenty and often.
Gabriel Carlsson, Defenseman, Linkoping: Large Swedish defenseman. Much like Carlo, Carlsson has very little offense to his game.
Evgeny Svechnikov, Forward, Cape Breton: Another big Russian forward, produced over two points per game in the QMJHL with Cape Breton. Would be surprised if he's available at 22, but it's certainly a possibility.
Thomas Chabot, Defenseman, Saint John: Left-handed defenseman with good size. Very offensive. Stepped in nicely for Zboril when Zboril was injured, raising his own draft stock.
Brock Boeser, Forward, Waterloo: Powerful shooter, scored 35 goals in his first full season in the USHL. Will join Caps prospect Shane Gersich next year at the University of North Dakota.
The Capitals do not hold a second round pick this year, but they do have the Buffalo Sabres' third round pick, the first selection of the third round (the 62nd overall pick). It's pretty difficult to predict who would be available at the 22nd pick, let alone the 62nd or beyond, but there are two clear trends that I have noticed. The first trend is that there will be a lot of power forwards, big wingers available at or around the 62nd pick. Filip Ahl, Austin Wagner, Alexander Dergachev, Christian Fischer and Jordan Greenway are all large, scoring forwards, and they should anywhere from late-second to fourth-round selections.
It would also be interesting to see if the Capitals select a player that played for the US Development team this season. Last year, the Capitals took Gersich with their fifth-round pick. Gersich played a bottom six role behind elite talents like Eichel, Alex Tuch (drafted by Minnesota), Sonny Milano (Columbus) and Dylan Larkin (Detroit). All those guys were drafted in the first round last year, and Eichel will go second this year. But when Gersich was given a more prominent role as he was with the Omaha Lancers in the USHL, he finished with 27 goals and 49 points in 52 games. Riley Barber was another late round selection out of the Development Program. Much like Gersich, Barber played a bottom six role on a talented team, and dropped deep in the draft, all the way to the sixth round. Barber excelled at Miami of Ohio, and will now join the Hershey Bears. Just a round before Barber, the Capitals selected Connor Carrick, a defenseman from the program, and the round before Carrick, the Capitals selected Thomas Di Pauli of the Development Program.
Once again, the development program was led offensively by two players that aren't eligible for this year's draft in Matthews and Matthew Tkachuk. Could the Capitals continue the trend of poaching bottom-six talent late in the draft from the US National Under-19 team? Quite a few players that participated in the program are projected as late-round picks, notably defensemen Nick Boka, a strong defenseman and Caleb Jones, Seth Jones' little brother. The Caps have drafted three late-round forwards from the NTDP since 2012, and just one NTDP defenseman. Is it time to snag another defenseman? Did Trotz have a good relationship with Seth Jones during his time in Nashville, and would love to pounce on the opportunity to grab his younger brother? Or could they go for the undersized forward Troy Terry, a projected late-round pick who recorded 19 goals this year and will play for the University of Denver this year?
Should the Caps choose to keep that first-round pick, they will more than likely select another home run pick as they have with the late first-round picks for the last several seasons. But if they choose to trade it away, it's a clear indication that MacLellan and the Caps are very much in win-now mode.
Special thanks to Eliteprospects.com and The Hockey News for general prospect information/statistics, Pension Plan Puppets for NHL Draft Combine information, and Justin Fisher's NHL Draft Book for the history of the NHL draft.