Caps Make Four Picks to End 2011 NHL Entry Draft

By Sky Kerstein

The Capitals made four picks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and they all came on the second day of the draft after trading their first round pick to Chicago for Troy Brouwer.

With the 117th overall selection (fourth round) the Caps took goalie Steffen Soberg out of Norway.  Soberg played for Manglerud Star and is 17 years old, 5’11” and 176 pounds.  He had a 4.17 GAA, .884 Save pct. in 27 games with Manglerud in the 2010-2011 season.

With the 147th overall selection (fifth round) the Caps took defenseman Patrick Koudys out of RPI of the ECAC (NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey).  In his freshman year at RPI the 6’4″, 210 pound d-man had one goal, two assists and was a -1 overall in 31 games.  He was ranked #11 in the INCH top 20 incoming defenseman last season.  He will turn 19 on November 15th.

With the 177th overall selection (sixth round) the Caps took forward Travis Boyd from the US National Development Team and will be a freshman at the University of Minnesota (NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey) this fall.  Boyd is 17 years old, 5’10”, 185 pounds in size and had 5 goals, 13 assists in 24 games with the US National Development Team last season.  He played two seasons with the US National Development Team and in 59 career games, he has 13 goals, 23 assists.

With the 207th overall selection (seventh round) the Caps took  defenseman Garrett Haar from Fargo of the USHL.  The 17 year old, 5-11, 190 pound defenseman had 7 goals, 16 assists and was a +9 in 51 games played for Fargo last season.  Haar, from Huntington Beach, California, is headed to Northeastern University (NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey) to play this fall.

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