Monday, June 19, 2006

'Welcome to the Capitals'

Following tonight's game in Raleigh, N.C., the NHL's focus will immediately be turned to Vancouver, where the who's who of the league will be in attendance on Thursday for the league's annual awards gala (some more travel for the Oilers and Hurricanes, no doubt).

One pairing that'll be in attendance for both the awards show and Saturday's entry draft will be the Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and superstar freshman Alex Ovechkin, something Leonsis addresses today in his periodic column on
By all accounts, the No. 4 pick this Saturday should yield an outstanding prospect – which gives us more talent in our system, or gives us value that George McPhee can leverage in trade.

Alex will be there in Vancouver to join me in welcoming those new draft picks to our organization. It’s an organization they can be proud of, for what we’ve accomplished in Hershey, the character and skill Alex and our Capitals team demonstrated in 2005-06 and what we have to look forward to in our best-in-class practice facility opening in Arlington in the fall.
Generally speaking, the downside to being picked high in the draft is that you're going to a lousy team, one that either has ownership issues, financial problems — or both. For whoever goes No. 4 on Saturday, however, they'll be immediately welcomed by the 2006 rookie of the year and one of the best owners in the league.

Not a bad way to start out.



At 2:27 p.m., June 19, 2006, Blogger ScottyWazz said...

That-- and a crapload of AOL start-up disk.

At 2:45 p.m., June 19, 2006, Blogger jmol2112 said...

They'll also join a team with one of the worst GM's in the game. Just wondering how 'Fat Ted became one of the best owners in the league? Some of us fellow cap season ticket holders (The few, the proud) would disagree with that assessment.

At 2:52 p.m., June 19, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

The organization's hockey operations certainly do leave a lot to be desired, but given the high percentage of absentee ownership groups in the NHL, I think Leonsis is doing a fine job. He's committed to the team (and the city), he's passionate about hockey and he's willing to back that up financially.

I agree with your comment on the GM, however.

At 12:12 a.m., June 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

with mcPee at the helm, the #4 pick is as good as the #200. can't wait to see what 7' slovakian defenseman he drafts 40 spots too high this year.


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