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What They're Saying About Capitals First-Round Draft Pick Lucas Johansen

June 29, 2016
By Sydney Tonic 

The Washington Capitals traded their No. 26 overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft in order to select 18-year-old defenseman Lucas Johansen with the 28th pick. 

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Johansen played in the Western Hockey League for the Kelowna Rockets for two seasons before he was drafted by the Capitals June 24. Johansen had 11 goals and 46 assists throughout his 134-game regular-season career with the Rockets. Johansen will likely have some work to do before he steps foot on the ice in a Capitals jersey.

Here's what some national media outlets are saying about Johansen.

Chuck Gormley,

"As a defenseman Lucas Johansen (6-foot-2, 176 pounds) figures to take a little longer to develop. He'll attend the Capitals' development camp beginning [June 28] at Kettler, where he'll give the Caps a closer look at why the made him their first-round selection." [ Read the full article here.]

Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Washington Post

"With Eller addressing Washington's immediate needs, the Capitals continued their practice of drafting the best player available, as Johansen won't be expected to contribute to the NFL immediately. With him being 18, he'll have to spend the next season with the Kelowna Rockets before he could turn to professional hockey and join the Capitals' American Hockey League affiliate." [ Read the full article here.]

Dan P., SB Nation

"He's a two-way defenseman who can do a little bit of everything, and uses his smooth skating to get the job done. He'll need to get stronger, and be willing to use his size and strength to be more physical, if he wants to have continued success at the NHL level. That said, he has a good floor, and much like Ryan when he was drafted, no one can really say what his ceiling might be." [ Read the full article here.]