Earlier, we looked at the possibility of the Washington Capitals drafting defenseman Haydn Fleury or power forward Jake Virtanen. While I would love it if either of the two fell to the Capitals at #13, there are a few forwards who I would probably take over both of them. One of those players is forward Nikolaj Ehlers.
“Ehlers is an explosive player who can beat even the quickest defensemen wide with his speed. He plays on his off wing and creates chances with sharp cuts to the middle comple- mented by an explosive wrister. He’s equally good with the puck and can handle it both at top speed and in traffic.”
Everything I’ve read about Nikolaj Ehlers suggests that he’s an extremely competitive player and a hard worker who always seeks to improve his game. That’s the kind of attitude that I want to see from the Washington Capitals. I think Ehlers would be a great fit in Washington. Barry Trotz has proven time and time again that if a player is willing to work hard and is willing to learn, he can bring out the best in anyone. Nikolaj Ehlers would give Trotz another talented player to work with.