Capitals: Grading their 2020 NHL Draft picks so far in 2020

Connor McMichael, Washington Capitals (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images)
Connor McMichael, Washington Capitals (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images) /
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Brett Leason, Washington Capitals (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

The Washington Capitals had four draft selections last summer.

With the season paused for the big club and many ending for Washington Capitals prospects, it’s time to take a look and see how they did. The Caps made four draft picks which were three forwards and one defenseman. We’ll take a look at each draft pick and how they did.

Connor McMichael

Connor McMichael was taken in the first round at 25th overall. A lot of expectations surrounded him already but the 19 year old has exceeded them. He’s coming off his third season with the London Knights and scored 47 goals and added 55 assists in 52 games. There’s nowhere to go but up for McMichael.

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Grade: A+

Brett Leason

Brett Leason was taken in the second round at 56th overall. He played in 50 games with the Hershey Bears and recorded three goals and 11 assists for 14 points. This was his first season in the AHL after two seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL.

Grade: C

Aliaksei Protas

Aliaksei (or Alexei) Protas was selected in the third round at 91st overall by the Capitals.

This was actually a trade with the New Jersey Devils, sending away their fourth and fifth rounders. Protas’ nickname is the Viper and he enjoyed a solid season with 31 goals and 49 assists for 80 points in 58 games with the Prince Albert Raiders.

Aliaksei Protas, Washington Capitals (Photo by Christopher Mast/Getty Images)
Aliaksei Protas, Washington Capitals (Photo by Christopher Mast/Getty Images) /

Grade: A

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Martin Has, Washington Capitals (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Martin Has

Martin Has was drafted in the fifth round at 153rd overall. He was the lone defenseman the Capitals took in that year’s draft. This was another trade up with the Caps losing a seventh rounder for two straight years.

He spent some time on several teams scoring on egoal with Tappara U20, Tappara (plus an assist) and Koovee on a loan. He also played in the OHL with North Bay Battalion and the Guelph Storm, the latter seeing him record six assist while the former was just one game.

Grade: B

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Those are our grades of the draft picks from last year. With the NHL Draft possibly coming up soon, it’s time to wonder who’s next that will be a future star of the Washington Capitals.