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Washington Capitals Entry Draft: 1989
Washington used its first two choices in the 1989 Entry Draft to select the first two goalies taken in that draft, Olaf Kolzig and Byron Dafoe. The two netminders became fast friends and went on to serve as best man at each other's weddings although they were separated by the 1995 trade that sent Dafoe to the Los Angeles Kings. Later Caps picks Jason Woolley and Trent Klatt each went on to achieve a degree of success in the NHL as well.
Sundin in Quebec

Mats Sundin made history in the 1989 draft as he became the first non-North American player to be chosen with the first overall pick. Other first round notables were Stu Barnes (fourth overall), Bill Guerin (fifth) and Bobby Holik (10th). Adam Foote (22nd) and Patrice Brisebois (30th) were both taken in the second round. Later prizes included Nicklas Lidstrom (53rd), Robert Reichel (70th), Sergei Fedorov (74th), Pavel Bure (113th), Donald Audette (183rd), Vladimir Malakhov (191st) and Vladimir Konstantinov (221st).

Hindsight is 20/20: Washington did fairly well with its first five picks as all reached the NHL. Konstantinov instead of Vykoukal would have been prescient, but that's easy to say now.

NO. PLAYER POS. COMMENT

19

Olaf Kolzig
G
Developed into one of the NHL's top netminders and the best goalie in Caps history.

35

Byron Dafoe
G
A decent goaltender in his own right. Traded to LA in 1995, later played with Boston and Atlanta.

59

Jim Mathieson
D
Two NHL games in seven pro seasons. Later played in Britain for four seasons.

61

Jason Woolley
D
Slow to develop but later became a fixture in Buffalo. Played in 718 NHL contests.

82

Trent Klatt
RW
Carved out a solid career as an NHL role player, playing 781 games in the league.

145

Dave Lorentz
LW
University of Waterloo product never played North American pro hockey.

166

Dean Holoien
D
Drafted from Saskatoon of the WHL, never turned pro.
187
Victor Gervais
C
Played nine seasons as a pro in the AHL, ECHL and IHL. Played in Germany for five seasons before returning to ECHL in 2003-04.
208
Jiri Vykoukal
D
Played three seasons as a pro in the AHL and ECHL.
229
Andrei Sidorov
RW
Played one season as a pro in North America split between four teams in three leagues.

250

Ken House
C
Played two seasons as a pro in the ECHL.
 
 
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