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Washington Capitals Entry Draft: 1990
Washington's first eight picks of the 1990 Entry Draft turned out poorly, but the Caps struck gold with a pair of late picks. Peter Bondra lasted until the 156th overall selection and the Caps grabbed defenseman Ken Klee with their ninth-round pick (177th overall). Bondra went on to become one of the league's top snipers while Klee has made himself into a consistently solid backline regular in the NHL.

Best 9th-rounder ever?

The 1990 Entry Draft was teeming with talent in the upper reaches of the first round. Quebec took Owen Nolan with the first pick, Vancouver then selected Petr Nedved. Detroit took Keith Primeau, Philadelphia selected Mike Ricci and Pittsburgh landed Jaromir Jagr. That's quite a top five. Just ahead of the Caps' selection of defenseman John Slaney in the ninth spot, Los Angeles took defenseman Darryl Sydor in the seventh spot and Dallas picked blueliner Derian Hatcher eighth. The first round closed with as much of a bang as it had opened with -- Keith Tkachuk (19th), Martin Brodeur (20th) and Bryan Smolinski (21st) rounded out round one.

The second round also produced several noteworthy players. Jiri Slegr (23rd), Chris Simon (25th), Felix Potvin (31st), Doug Weight (34th), Geoff Sanderson (36th) and Mikael Renberg (40th) were taken in that round. Later picks included Slava Kozlov (45th), Alexei Zhamnov (77th), Sergei Zubov (85th), Valeri Zelepukin (221st) and Sergei Nemchinov (244th).

Hindsight is 20/20: It's tough to quibble too much with the Slaney pick because Sydor and Hatcher were off the board. But Slegr became a decent two-way defenseman. Chris Therien was taken 17 picks after Pasma, but Doug Weight would have been a tremendous pick (unlike Pasma, he's not a defenseman, though). As for the later rounds, the Caps did better than a team can reasonably expect to do with Bondra and Klee.

NO. PLAYER POS. COMMENT

9

John Slaney
D
Journeyman has played 268 NHL games with six different teams over eight seasons, still active in Europe.

30

Rod Pasma
D
Played one season of pro hockey in the ECHL.

51

Chris Longo
RW
Played 10 pro seasons but did not reach NHL. Last played in AHL and ECHL in 2002-03.

72

Randy Pearce
LW
Played six seasons as a pro in the AHL, IHL and ECHL.

93

Brian Sakic
LW
Joe's younger brother played several seasons in the ECHL, CoHL, UHL and WPHL.

94

Mark Ouimet
C
U. of Michigan product played four seasons in AHL and ECHL.

114

Andrei Kovalev
RW
Played two seasons of North American pro hockey before returning to Europe.
135
Roman Kontsek
RW
Never played pro hockey in North America.
156
Peter Bondra
RW
Retired with 503 career NHL goals in 2007. Is Washington's all-time leading scorer.
159
Steve Martell
RW
Split his two pro seasons between the ECHL and the AHL.

177

Ken Klee
D
Has played 863 games in the NHL over 13 seasons.

198

Michael Boback
C
Providence College product played four seasons as a pro in AHL and IHL.

219

Alan Brown
D
Colgate U. product played total of 49 pro games in Colonial Hockey League and ECHL.
240
Todd Hlushko
LW
Journeyman spent nine seasons as a pro and played in 79 NHL games. Played pro in Germany through 2004-05.

 

 
 
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