The Washington Capitals used their third draft pick of the afternoon on another defenseman when they selected Joaquim Lemay. Unlike the previous two defensemen the Caps selected, Lemay has a left handed shot. The Caps took him in the fourth round at 119th overall.
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Lemay played on the Salmon Arm of the BCHL last season. He had 10 assists in 15 games and two penalty minutes. The St.-Perre-les-Becquets, Quebec, native ranked second among Salmon Arm defensemen in points and tied for second among rookie BCHL defensemen in assists. The 18 year old is committed to the University of Omaha-Nebraska next season.
Nothing against the guy, I don’t hate him as a person at all. I just think the Caps are good on defensemen and need to shift their focus to forwards and goaltenders. Especially goaltenders now that the team just lost a promising rookie netminder for nothing.
There was also some other good players that were available. That even included forward Trevor Wong. With three more picks left, the Caps now have no choice but to draft a forward. Wong had six goals and 10 assists in 16 games last season.
The reaction on Twitter to the Caps pick was mostly negative as fans were clamoring for the team to take a forward. I’m in the minority who thinks the Caps would’ve been better off to take a goalie. Now there’s a backup goalie position up for grabs and it would’ve been cool adding a kid to the competition at training camp.
The Caps next pick comes in the fifth round at 151st overall. We’ll see what the team will do with their final three picks of the 2021 NHL Draft. Maybe they’ll even make a trade for a late rounder. No matter what, we’ll be on top of it and we won’t be afraid to give a hot take or two.