Washington Capitals Entry Drafts: 1986 The 1986 Entry Draft did little to help the Caps on the ice, though it did bring Shawn Simpson into the organization. Simpson was taken with the 60th overall pick but was the first goaltender taken in the proceedings. After a few seasons as a minor league goaltender, Simpson later served as a color commentator on Capital telecasts and was also the team's director of hockey operations for a period.
The Caps also took the second goaltender of the draft -- Jim Hrivnak -- with the very next pick. The Caps got little mileage out of their five draftees who did go on to play in the NHL.
Adam Graves may have been a nice fit in DC
History was made when the Detroit Red Wings pegged Joe Murphy as the top overall pick. The Michigan State winger became the first-ever player from a US college team to be selected with the first overall pick. Vincent Damphousse (sixth) and Brian Leetch (ninth) wound up as the biggest impact players from the first round. The second round produced Adam Graves (22nd) and Teppo Numminen (29th). The thin crop of talent contributed to the lack of late round sleepers in 1986. Three rugged NHL blueliners -- Lyle Odelein (141st), Rich Pilon (143rd) and Murray Baron (167th) -- were the most notable late round contributors.
Hindsight is 20/20: It's easy to see now that Graves was the guy the Caps should have taken with their top pick. It's tough to fault the Caps on either of the goaltending picks. Of all the goalies taken in the 1986 draft, Ron Tugnutt (81st) and Tim Cheveldae (64th) went on to enjoy the most NHL success, so the draft was not teeming with netminding talent. Given the paucity of late round breakthroughs, the Caps were one of many clubs to fare poorly in the 1986 draft.
Played 53 games in parts of five seasons in DC. Still active as pro (Austin Ice Bats, CHL) as late as 2002-03.
Played five seasons as a pro, four games in the NHL (all with the Caps).
Three years with AHL Baltimore, and later Caps director of hockey operations.
A 10-year pro with parts of five seasons in NHL including four with Caps.
Drafted from Calgary, never turned pro.
One goal in seven games with Caps, still active as a North American pro (Utah, AHL) as late as '01-02, played in Great Britain in '02-03.
Did not sign, drafted again by Canucks in 1988. Never played pro in North America.
Drafted from Belleville, never turned pro.
U. of North Dakota product spent eight seasons in IHL and AHL.
Never played pro hockey in North America.
Five pro seasons, total of two NHL games with Caps over two seasons.
Drafted from Amherst Junior B., never turned pro.
Played nine seasons as a pro in the AHL and IHL, also played pro in Europe.