Capitals Make Eight Selections on Second Day of 2012 NHL Draft
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals selected forward Chandler Stephenson, center Thomas Di Pauli, right wing Austin Wuthrich, defenseman Connor Carrick, right wing Riley Barber, defensemen Christian Djoos and Jaynen Rissling and goaltender Sergei Kostenko on the second day of the 2012 NHL Draft, held Saturday at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Stephenson, 18, recorded 42 points (22 goals, 20 assists) in 55 games with Regina of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He added one goal and three assists in five playoff games and helped the Pats reach the WHL playoffs for the first time in four years. He was named the Pats’ Most Sportsmanlike Player last season and played his 2010-11 campaign with fellow Capitals prospect Garrett Mitchell. The 5’10”, 192-pound forward participated in the 2011-12 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Top Prospects Game. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-native was selected in the third round (77th overall).
Di Pauli, 18, tallied 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 51 games with the United States National Under-18 Development team in the United States Hockey League (USHL). He helped the Americans win the gold medal at the U-18 World Junior Championships, recording an assist in six games. The 5’11”, 188-pound center plans to attend the University of Notre Dame next season. He was drafted in the fourth round (100th overall).
Wuthrich, 18, compiled 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 36 games for the University of Notre Dame last season. He finished the season ranked fifth on Notre Dame in points and in goals. The 6’1”, 190-pound right wing was teammates with fellow Capitals prospects Travis Boyd, Thomas Di Pauli and Connor Carrick on the USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in 2010-11. He was drafted in the fourth round (107th overall).
Carrick, 18, collected 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 53 games with the United States National Under-18 Development team in the USHL. The 5’11”, 185-pound defenseman helped the United States win a gold medal at the U-18 World Junior Championships, recording two goals and two assists in six tournament games. The native of Orland Park, Illinois, plans to attend the University of Michigan in the fall. He was drafted in the fifth round (137th overall).
Barber, 18, recorded 35 points (20 goals, 15 assists) in 56 games with the United States National Under-18 Development team last season, earning a gold medal in the U-18 World Junior Championships after compiling one goal and two assists in six games. The 6’0”, 194-pound right wing won the USHL Clark Cup championship with Dubuque in 2010-11 and plans to attend Miami University (Ohio) in the fall. He is the son of Don Barber who played 115 career games in the NHL. Riley was drafted in the sixth round (167th overall).
Djoos (pronounced “Juice”), 17, collected 24 points (three goals, 21 assists) in 40 games with Brynas’ junior team in the Swedish junior league this past season. He was teammates with first-round draft pick Filip Forsberg on the Swedish U-18 World Junior Championship team that captured the silver medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships, posting one goal and two assists in six games. He is the son of former NHL defenseman Per Djoos. Christian was drafted in the seventh round (195th overall).
Rissling, 18, tallied 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) and 124 penalty minutes for Calgary of the WHL last season. The 6’4”, 223-pound defenseman won the WHL championship with Calgary in 2009-10. His uncle, Gary, signed with Washington in 1978 and played in 37 games with the Capitals before being traded to Pittsburgh in 1981. Jaynen was drafted in the seventh round (197th overall).
Kostenko, 19, registered a 2.98 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage in 40 games last season for Kuznetskie Medvedi (Metallurg) of the Russian junior league. The 5’11”, 187-pound goaltender was named to the Russian national team that won the silver medal at the U-20 World Junior Championships last season, but did not appear in any tournament games. Kostenko was drafted in the seventh round (203rd) overall.
Washington Capitals 2012 NHL Draft Picks
1 11 Filip Forsberg C 6’2" 181 R 8/13/94 Ostervala, Sweden Leksand (Sweden-2)
1 16 Thomas Wilson RW 6’4” 203 R 3/29/94 Toronto, Ontario Plymouth (OHL)
3 77 Chandler Stephenson F 5’10” 192 L 4/22/94 Saskatoon, Sask. Regina (WHL)
4 100 Thomas Di Pauli C 5’11” 188 L 4/29/94 Woodbridge, Illinois USA U-18 (USHL)
4 107 Austin Wuthrich RW 6’1” 190 R 8/11/93 Bakersfield, Calif. Notre Dame (NCAA)
5 137 Connor Carrick D 5’11” 185 R 4/13/94 Orland Park, Illinois USA U-18 (USHL)
6 167 Riley Barber RW 6’0” 194 R 2/7/94 Pittsburgh, Pa. USA U-18 (USHL)
7 195 Christian Djoos D 5’11” 158 L 8/6/94 Gothenburg, Sweden Brynas Jr. (SWE-Jr.)
7 197 Jaynen Rissling D 6’4” 223 L 9/21/93 Edmonton, Alberta Calgary (WHL)
7 203 Sergei Kostenko G 5’11” 187 L 9/17/92 Novokuznetsk, Rus. Metallurg (RUS-Jr.)