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Washington Capitals Entry Drafts: 1988
By the time the Caps got around to making their initial selection with the 15th overall pick, many tremendous talents had already been taken off the board.
Mogilny was one of many future stars available late
Mike Modano and Trevor Linden were the first two players taken, and Jeremy Roenick, Rod Brind'Amour and Teemu Selanne also went in the top 10. The next two rounds produced little in the way of top talent. Tie Domi (27th) was probably the best player to come out of the second round while Steve Heinze was the best of a weak third-round field.

The fourth round was full of plums if you were picking off the right tree -- Mark Recchi (67th), Tony Amonte (68th), Rob Blake (70th), Keith Carney (76th) and Joe Juneau (81st) were all selected in that round. Among later picks, Alexander Mogilny (89th), Dmitri Khristich (120th), Valery Kamensky (129th) and Claude Lapointe (234th) are noteworthy.

Hindsight is 20/20: It's tough to find fault with most of Washington's early picks. Most of the obvious talent was gone early and the Caps picked just a few slots after some of the dark horse talent evaporated in the fourth round. Five picks after the Caps tabbed defenseman Todd Hilditch with the 162nd overall pick, Montreal selected defenseman Sean Hill. After several injury-plagued campaigns, Hill proved to be a strong two-way defenseman, capable of playing the body and supplying a hard and accurate right-handed point shot.

NO. PLAYER POS. COMMENT

15

Reggie Savage
C
Scored 309 goals as a pro in North America, only five in 34 NHL games.

36

Tim Taylor
C
Never played for Caps, but had a long (746 games) NHL career as a checking center.

41

Wade Bartley
D
Played eight seasons as a pro in AHL, ECHL and CHL.

57

Duane Derksen
G
U. of Wisconsin product played pro through 2003-04 and also spent a few seasons in Europe.

78

Rob Krauss
D
Played five seasons as a pro in the AHL, IHL and ECHL.

120

Dmitri Khristich
LW
Played 811 NHL games in a 12-year NHL career, scoring 259 goals.

141

Keith Jones
RW
Traded to Avs for Chris Simon. Tough, grinding forward had his career shortened by knee injury.
144
Brad Schlegel
D
Canadian Nat'l teamer played 48 NHL games and several seasons in Europe.
162
Todd Hilditch
D
RPI product never turned pro.
183
Petr Pavlas
D
Never played pro hockey in North America.

192

Mark Sorensen
D
U. of Michigan product whose pro career consisted of two seasons in the ECHL.

204

Claudio Scremin
D
Traded for Don Beaupre, later played 17 NHL games. Played in Europe as late as 2000-01.

225

Chris Venkus
RW
Played college hockey at Western Mich. and Colorado College. Spent two seasons pro.
246
Ron Pascucci
D
Boston College product spent four seasons as a pro in IHL, AHL and ECHL.
 
 
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