After losing a rookie goalie for nothing in the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft, it was imperative the Washington Capitals draft a goalie. It took until their final pick of the afternoon but they did exactly that by drafting Chase Clark with their 183rd overall pick. He was their second selection in the sixth round after the Caps gained a sixth rounder via a trade with the New York Rangers.
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The 19 year old primarily played for the Jersey Hitmen of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), finishing the season with an 18-2-1 record with three shutouts, a 1.92 goals against average and a .935 save percentage.
During the season, the towering six foot six, 202 pound goaltender led the Hitmen to a championship and Jersey earned the NCDC Founders’ Cup as the team with the best regular season record, similar to the NHL’s President’s Trophy. So he knows how to win in the regular season and tournaments? Nice.
Clark catches with his right hand, not that it matters but should be noted. While he was the final Caps scheduled selection of the day there may be a possibility the Caps make a trade for a pick in the seventh round. If that round is over by the time this is written you can forget that I said that.
Overall the Caps finish up their day by taking four defensemen, one center, and one goalie. All with pretty solid names and even some that looked up to Alex Ovechkin when they were kids.
With that I’d like to thank you for following along with us for the 2021 NHL Draft. We’ll have more articles coming out tomorrow recapping the draft overall and getting more in depth looks on each player. Perhaps we may even grade each of the six Capitals selections to see how it impacts them for the future.