Washington Capitals Draft: 5 reasons Ivan Miroshnichenko will take them to Stanley Cup

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The Washington Capitals selected Ivan Miroshnichenko at the 20th pick of the draft and it very well could’ve been a steal.

Many people projected him of being a top 10 or even a top five selection. Then his life turned upside down when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and had to undergo treatment back in February.

He trained in June but his stock was down. Which allowed him to fall into the laps of the Caps at 20th.

Alex Ovechkin isn’t getting any younger unfortunately so maybe this Russian can someday take the Caps to the Stanley Cup well after the great eight retires. Here’s why.

Ivan Miroshnichenko, Washington Capitals (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

#5 His comeback story will charge it and it will be incredible

The winger listed as six foot one and 185 pounds had a good season last year until he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

He said through a translator after his selection:

“The season went very well for me until I got sick. I was expected to go early until I got sick. But really happy with where I was selected. … Never really thought I’d be drafted by the Washington Capitals.”

It will be an incredible story the second he steps onto NHL ice and someday he will lead the Caps.

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