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Caps Draft Johansson

The Caps have drafted Marcus Johansson of Sweden with the 24th overall pick. The 5-foot-11, 186-pound forward notched five goals and five assists in 45 games for Farjestads BK, according to www.hockeydb.com.

I'll have a lot more on this pick in a little bit. I have to crank out a story for the paper.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 26, 2009; 10:13 PM ET
 
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Comments

FIRST, I hope he's like Backstrom in 3 years!

Posted by: sargeantmofo | June 26, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Give him #6

Three concussions, really?

Posted by: LukasWP | June 26, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Who is this guy? 5'11" 186 lb.? Not exactly the Chris Pronger-type we need.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | June 26, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

McPhee--"Our scouts really liked him, we think he has a chance to play in the NHL, we think he's going to be a great scorer, we were very fortunate to pick him up where we did, we thought he'd go much higher"

I own this record. It has a lot of scratches because its been overplayed but..

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised. Thats two draft picks, two centers, two swedes, both with some injuries already.

Posted by: oo7 | June 26, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

We need a Chris Pronger this year not in 2 or 3 years when prospects develope. I am pretty sure McPhee did not want to pick but could not find anyone that wanted his pick. Oh well a very dissapointing day but we should all be used to this by now. The Caps are doomed for mediocracy I am afraid. 1 Playoff series win in 11 years and that was barely won in over time against a weak team. I hope this managment can finally find a way to take them over the top. Looking at the defense McPhee took over as GM and the defense now it is pretty bad. What would this team be without the lucky lotto win that brought Ovechkin!?

Posted by: Mike4169 | June 26, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Kind of shocking. You mean we couldn't have traded down and still gotten this guy? Really? Was he even close to anyone's radar at this point in the draft. I hope GMGM knows something or has something in the works.

Posted by: radhghlndr1 | June 26, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

@fattie1

Listen kid. If Krieder is the fastest skater, then he is. But the fact is he is a US High school kid, who no one ever gets to see and not much information is on.

PJM or Duchene can both be considered the faster skater, and most reports will say so.

Now why don't you keep telling people how much of an idiot they are with glaring grammar mistakes and eat hamburgers.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Im not surprised. Most teams are scared of undersized euroweenies with a history of concussions. The Caps just snap them up!

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Well, Ted did tell us to beware of "group think." He wanted a center and GMGM went out and got one.

While Johansson's not the big center Ted was looking for, the kid is supposed to be skilled and hard working. I wish him well in Hershey next year!

Posted by: Terptwin | June 26, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

@fattie1


Listen kid. If Krieder is the fastest skater, then he is. But the fact is he is a US High school kid, who no one ever gets to see and not much information is on.

PJM or Duchene can both be considered the faster skater, and most reports will say so.

Now why don't you keep telling people how much of an idiot they are with glaring grammar mistakes and eat hamburgers.


Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse


oh gee did RichPhil indirectly just admit he was talkin out of his own rear when he dismissed the kid's skating? wow. Now remember that the next time you decide to question a comment I make. Its frustrating to have to talk down to your level dude. Seriously. You give me heartburn.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

From Hockey News Draft Preview:

"...a solid if unspectacular prospect. One of the reasons for that is Johansson spent this season playing for Farjestad, a veteran-laden team that won the league title. Johansson didn't see a lot of ice time and had just 10 points in 45 games. One scout said 'There should be more respect that these guys are playing with men in the best league outside the NHL.'"

Posted by: tess2201 | June 26, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

George McPhee has had one good draft year and I think in 2004 a blind monkey could have made those picks. This is just nuts.

Posted by: StikSav | June 26, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Kind of shocking. You mean we couldn't have traded down and still gotten this guy? Really? Was he even close to anyone's radar at this point in the draft. I hope GMGM knows something or has something in the works.

Posted by: radhghlndr1 | June 26, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse


of course we coulda traded down and gotten this nancy somewhere lower. Probably 3rd round. McPhee has a boner for europansies.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Eh, I think we personally should have stuck with the big, physical Caron.

Interesting to see how our team will look in a few years, with all the Swedes now.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

like a fan just said, if Ovechkin hadn't fallen into our laps with the lottery pick this team wouldn't even make the playoffs.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Eh, I think we personally should have stuck with the big, physical Caron.

Interesting to see how our team will look in a few years, with all the Swedes now.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

They'l look like the Ottawa Senators from several yrs ago who had no balls to make it thru tough playoff series.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Don't panic yet gang. The draft is just underway. I would expect a couple of moves before this is over with.

You simply can't sit still after losing Kozlov and Fedorov. GMGM is fully aware of that too. Boudreau's interview speaks to that as well.

Posted by: Terptwin | June 26, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

How am I talking out of my a__? Most reports disagree with your statement, "He is the fastest skater in the draft." Is he top 5 in speed? Probably, but YOU used the absolute first, not me.

You are so goofy.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

when you are picking late like the Caps, you don't pick players based on needs.. you just take the best player you think is available.. no matter what position he plays or how big he is...

if you think he's the best player on the board, you take them.. you have NO idea what your need will be by the time he's ready to help you 2 or 3 years from now.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Jordan Caron.

6 2 202 lbs RW

Kyle Palmeiri

5 110 191 C/Winger


Eh...I hope this doesn't come back to haunt us.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

We understand that joek443, I just am not sure if he was the best player available.

Drafts are always fun though...you win some, you lose some. Green....Getzlaf.... Bondra...Peake...

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

there are no sure things in the draft unless you're drafing a Mario Lemieux. Not even Gretzky was a sure thing.

yeah it's fun but there's no need to get all worked up over the players that most of us have never even seen play.

at least with NBA or NFL drafts we have seen most of the players play before the draft

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Drafts are pretty much a total crap shoot...it is totally unfair to look back upon guys we could've taken. It doesn't work that way. To everyone hating on McPhee, why are you still here? If you hate it so much, go root for the Penguins.

Posted by: reesem37 | June 26, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Josefson would have been better, and was probably the Caps #1 guy until he went to NJ.

Swedes are swedes..lets see this guy turn into Zetterberg please.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow, all the negativity. Are you really Caps fans? I used to play for Farjestad and it's hands down the best team in SEL which is the second best league in the world. Farjestad players include BA Gustafsson, Hakan Loob, Thomas Steen, Thomas Rundqvist etc. Their trainer tells me Marcus is extremely talented and hard nosed. For you who talk about size issues -- he is one inch short than Backs. The fact that he made the team at 18 which won the Swedish championship is incredible..and this teams features a number of former NHLers and the monster, Jonas Gustafsson. He is much further along than half of the draft board so far and pls understand that Caps won't go for size in draft, that will be taken care of in free agency since it's much more immediate need. Have faith people.

Posted by: jakopz | June 26, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Our arch enemy gets Pronger and we draft an undersized Swede. Please tell me we're going after Komisarek...

Posted by: CAP-lanta | June 26, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I Believe

Posted by: reesem37 | June 26, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh, an insider? Find out some specifics about our new little #1 pick if you can....

Also, I am almost 100% sure (at least I want to be) that TB traded for that pick just to steal Ashton from the Pens, since they were gunning for him.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm curious what credentials cstanton1 has that he's sitting at home on his laptop with the Draft going on in Montreal. The guy is a pure genius and should be heading one of the NHL hockey teams' scouting department. Someone get him a real job 'cause he's wasting his talents on this board showing everyone he knows his sh*t about hockey and the picks today...in his leather outfit with the buttless chaps.

Dude, chill out, man! Whatever knowledge you got in your silly little head, the NHL teams don't friggin' care! And in case you didn't notice, no one on here cares either. Shut your piehole!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | June 26, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

CAP-lanta,

I hope they go after Komisarek regardless. Just gotta hope that the Isles don't throw crazy money at the hometown boy.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Don't even bother LeftCoast. Let the weirdo sit in his corner and occasionally burst out in turrets like fashion. That is his status quo.

@jakobz

seriously if you have some more info on this kid, let us know! Not much info on him at all to look at online.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

@jakopz
Thanks for the additional info on Marcus Johansson, it is very encouraging that he is talented AND a hard worker. Do you know if he plans to spend one more in Sweden before coming to the NHL?

Posted by: MReilly9 | June 26, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Actually guys, his stats aren't that bad.

http://www.eurohockey.net/players/show_player.cgi?serial=101913

In fact, take a look at his totals through World Junior championships. Decent points and always a plus player, so good at both ends of ice.

I like that fact that we are taking in Sweeds. Look at Detroit. They're not too expensive and have great upside. With the Centerman we got last year, plus this guy and backstrom, we'll have a nice mix of talented puck moving sweedish forwards, with a Russian tank scoring machine in there as well.

Add some home grown North American but skilled D-man, and I like how we're looking down the road.

We do still need holes to fill this year. Lets see what happens in the next couple weeks.

We can always get the gritty Kunitzes and Matt Cooks as rentals if we need them.

Posted by: floms | June 26, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

you know, it's kinda funny listening to the talking heads on TV...

they talk about their mock draft like it's the draft bible, like the teams don't even need their own scouting departments...

have you ever seen any of them actually go back a few years and check what they said about the players and where they are now?? LOL I sure haven't.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I turned it off a long time ago.

Swedes down the middle, with Russian scoring on the wings? Good plan...sounds like Detroit. Nothing wrong with that. I just knew absolutely nothing about this guy, and Caron and Ashton both looked like promising power forwards.

The 3 concussions have me a bit worried.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I got to say, you may scoff at his 10 pts this season, but playing in the Elitserien at 18 is not really common at all. He also remained a +4, despite the low point totals.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Which one had 3 concussions? Also, anyone know what the status is of the guys we got last year? I know Carlson might break the line up this year, but what about the other sweed (a center), and that russian, Dmitry Kugryshev (a winger i think)?

Posted by: floms | June 26, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Did you see what Pronger wanted after his deal was up? FIVE YEARS AT 6 MIL A YEAR! Do you really think one of our young goalies plus CARLSON, a guy on the roster right now and a someone else thrown is worth ONE YEAR? Because we sure couldn't pay him that or even WANT to at his age. That's insanity. No way a sane GM makes that trade.

Posted by: amberlynne | June 26, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

That is a +4 with only 10 pts through 45 games, mind you.

Not producing really, but obviously solid in his own zone, by these crude numbers.

@floms

Someone earlier said Johansson had 3, but I am not sure. I don't know if Gustaffson is ready, since he still has to adjust to NA style of hockey.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

MReilly9 & richmondphil,

I will call my friend tomorrow. He'll definitely stay another year in Farjestad which would be ideal since they are a top team in the Swedish elite league (IMO much better preparation than AHL for young talent). I'll be back.

Posted by: jakopz | June 26, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

@jakopz

Good to hear. Keep coming here to let us know about him as you get info on him.

I guess a more relevant question would be about Gustaffson(sp?). Do you think he is ready for 09-10?

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

that sounds crazy.. the top two defensemen picked in the 1993 draft, Pronger and Brendan Witt have turned out to be somewhat of a nut case.

Pronger can't seem to stay put at one place ever since he left st. louis and we all remember what a nut case Witt and his father/agent were when the Caps drafted him.. they wanted more money than what Pronger got even though he was picked several picks after. and he sat out a year even though he would have made the team as a 18-year old.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Ok probably for 80% of you this must be a first NHL draft you are following.

GMGM had one good Draft Year?

Are you crazy.

Taking Ovechking out. This is who GMGM has drafted in the past 5 years that is currently in our line up.

Backstrom, Green, Semin, Shultz, Fehr, Varlamov, Gordon, Alzner(played 30 games).

Also getting ready to crack the line up.

Bourque, Carlson, Neuvirth. Thats 40% of our team drafted in the last 5 years that is currently in the line up. Check other teams rosters and compare.


Also Pavel Datsyuk is 5 11 185.
Valtteri Filppula 5 11 200
Zetterberg 6 0 190.

So Detroit has done pretty well with similarly built players. And Detroit drafts them out of the first round.

When Caps picked Varlamov two years ago i remember everyone questioning GMGM.

Or when he selected Backstrom 4th. Everyone was crying how in the world he did not pick Brassard or Okposo. How did that turn out?

Suddenly we have all these NHL DRAFT experts.

Posted by: lightshow | June 26, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Gustafsson will be playing in Hershey this season and assuming his injuries are behind him, he may have a shot for a couple of call ups but I doubt he'll be a regular. But I do think he'll eventually fit in beautifully. Despite being a Swede :) he's very physical and has his father's vision.

Posted by: jakopz | June 26, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

lightshow,

I hear you. I've never seen any of these guys play so I would never question whom they pick right now. I will if they turned out to be bums 2 or 3 years from now.

McPhee has done pretty well the last few years so I'd give him the benefit. he has done a lot better than the dark years under David Poile. Between the years he picked Kolzig in 1987 and Gonchar in 1992 in the first round, everyone he picked turned out to be bums.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Poile and his scouting staff sucked at drafts but do have to give him credit for making some great trades though (saw him earlier in the draft and he had no more grey hair, how did that happen?)

everyone remembers the Langway trade that turned the franchise around but the Carpenter trade was more impressive because he had no leverage. But he still managed to get Kelly Miller and Mike Ridley for Carpenter, now that was a steal.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

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