1st Round: Matvei Michkov
Matvei Michkov is the perfect match for the Capitals and makes the most sense and whether it happens at the eighth pick or not he will be walking that stage putting on the red Caps jersey and draft hat.
The question is does it happen at eighth or do the Caps trade up to leapfrog the Philadelphia Flyers at number 7 who are also interested in the Russian right wing.
Corey Pronman of The Athletic (subscription required) also has the Caps taking him in the first round on his mock draft. I think the Caps move to sixth or fifth to take him.
Here’s what Pronman said:
"The often-asked question in the league is whether this is Michkov’s floor. Some are convinced there is no way he gets by Washington. Some in the league are less sold he’s their guy. I can easily see one of the U.S. program kids or Nate Danielson otherwise. If Dvorsky doesn’t go to Arizona I don’t see him getting by Washington at No. 8."
That’s our mock draft but we’ll have lots more draft content for the next week so keep it locked here.