Over the past several trade deadlines, the Washington Capitals have been giving away third-round draft picks like candy on Halloween as they have dealt six third-rounders over GM Brian MacLellan‘s tenure. While a third-rounder does not seem like much, it is on the high-end of the seven-round draft, and MacLellan has regularly dealt them at the deadline. In fact, since MacLellan was named GM in 2014, the Capitals have had only four third-round draft picks and one of them (forward Nathan Walker) is not even in the organization anymore. So what are the Capitals really losing when they trade these third-round picks? NoVa Caps takes a look at notable NHL players selected in the third round and how the Capitals picks were used to figure out if the price was worth it each time.
2015 – Capitals Acquire F Curtis Glencross From Calgary Flames In Exchange For Second, Third-Round Picks
The Capitals added some forward depth to an already impressive group upfront with the addition of Glencross. It was a nice fit to start as he posted four goals and six points in his first seven games a Capital, but he had just one goal and two points in his final 21 games (regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs combined). The Capitals had some young talent in the wings, including rookie forward Andre Burakovsky who played well in his first season and second-year grinder Tom Wilson, who would have benefitted from more opportunity as he played only 67 games that season. While Glencross had a nice start, the Capitals overpaid for him a bit.