The Washington Capitals made six selections in the 2021 NHL Draft. Four of those selections were defensemen, one was a center while the other was a goaltender. Overall it was another good draft and now we shall take a look and see how the Caps did with each draft pick.
On the second day of the NHL Draft, the Caps selected defenseman Vincent Iorio (55th overall), defenseman Brent Johnson (80th overall), defenseman Joaquim Lemay (119th overall), center Haakon Hanelt (151st overall), defenseman Dru Krebs (176th overall), and goaltender Chase Clark (183rd overall).
Vincent Iorio was ranked 27th among North American defensemen and by NHL Central Scouting. The 18 year old recorded 12 points in 22 games with the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with five goals and seven assists. The six foot three, 191 pound defensemen ranked third among What King defensemen in points this season and his 0.55 points per game was the highest of his three year WHL career.
The Coquitlam, British Columbia, native led Brandon to a WHL Cup gold medal during the 2017-18 season. Additionally, Iorio played two seasons with Shattuck St. Mary’s hockey program which has included former players such as Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, and Zach Parise.