The Washington Capitals made a couple of moves today and they likely won’t be done anytime soon between now and Friday’s NHL Trade Deadline. Their first move was trading Marcus Johansson to the Minnesota Wild for a third round pick in next year’s NHL Draft.
The Capitals currently have five picks in the 2023 NHL Draft. Washington owns their first, second, fourth, fifth and seventh round picks. The Capitals also now own eight selections in the 2024 NHL Draft, their first, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh round picks as well as Boston Bruins’ and Minnesota’s third round pick and eight selections in the 2025 NHL Draft.
Johansson who’s 32 recorded 28 points with 13 goals and 15 assists in 60 games with the Capitals this season after the team traded for him last season from the Seattle Kraken and re-signed him in the offseason. The six foot one, 203 pound forward has registered 435 points with 157 goals and 278 assists in 813 career games with Washington, the New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres, Wild, and Kraken.
In Johansson’s return to the Caps last season he had three goals and three assists for six points after recording 23 points with the Kraken with six goals and 17 assists. He was drafted by the Capitals in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft at 24th overall. In his nine seasons with the Capitals he recorded 234 pins with 118 goals and 206 assists.
Johansson had a 20 goal season in 2014-15 and his best season came in 2016-17 where he had 24 goals and 34 assists for 58 points. All career highs while playing in the top six. He even got some top six minutes this season.
In the playoffs Johansson finished his Caps career with 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points in 75 games. His best showing with the Caps was that 2016-17 season where he had two goals and six assists for eight points including the game winning goal over the Toronto Maple Leafs to send the Caps to the second round.