NHL Draft 2010: Russian Factor Not A Problem As Capitals Steal Evgeny Kuznetsov

June 26th, 2010 by Nik Leighton Leave a reply »
As always is the case for the National Hockey League's captor of the President's Trophy, given annually to the top regular season club, the Washington Capitals and general manager George McPhee had to wait a while in Los Angeles' famed Staples Center before making their first selection at 26th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Three-and-a-half hours passed, McPhee watching the NHL's other general managers add new toys to their respective shelves. When it was finally Washington's turn, his joy for one player remaining on the board was clear as day.

Following the Florida Panthers' selection at 25, TSN's coverage of the event went to commercial, but upon the return, all eyes—and cameras—were on the Capitals' camp. McPhee found a lens and flashed a telling wink, hiding a smile.

Washington had their man.

Rising quickly from the table, the usually-stoic McPhee uncharacteristically giddily took to the stage, and with a twisted grin, spat: "The Washington Capitals are pleased to select, from Russia, Evgeny Kuznetsov."

Clapping ensued, hugs were had within the Kuznetsov clan, and red threads were donned upo ...

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