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Stamkos, As Expected, Goes No. 1

The 2008 NHL Entry Draft is finally upon us, and Tampa Bay has -- surprise, surprise -- selected consensus top pick Steven Stamkos with the No. 1 overall pick. Get to know this kid, Caps fans. You're going to see a lot of him next winter.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 20, 2008; 6:50 PM ET
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stammmmmmkos!, stammmmmmmkos!, stammmmmmmkos!

Just practicing :-)

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm glad the kid is friendly since we get to see him so much next season. Maybe I could even get a hug... :-P

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | June 20, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Head over to Japers for a liveblog.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

So anyone taking bets on how Pierre can ruin the draft broadcast? Where are Keith Jones and Engblom(sp) when we need them??

Tampa. Do we taunt Stamkos, St Louis, or Melrose?

Posted by: Kim | June 20, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Kim, Melrose, St Louis, then Stamkos. He's just a kid that ended up in Tampa, although if he signs in a few years, I'd go on ahead and start the heckling.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | June 20, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Hi Tarik,

I've been laying low since the Caps/Flyers series. Now that it's Draft Day, I have a few questions for you.

What progress have the Caps made with re-signing Federov? Next, how's Nylander's rehabilitation coming along?

I ask these questions because the center position is, as you've pointed out, another area where the Caps could use some help - during the draft or otherwise!

Keep up the summertime blogging!

Posted by: Terptwin | June 20, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Nylander is fully recovered. Fedorov and the Capitals remain far part, but a compromise could be reached if both sides come to their senses.

Posted by: Tarik | June 20, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse


Is GMGM at least wandering around talking to people? we're bored...

Posted by: Leeguru | June 20, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what an ovation for The Great One! I hope GM is talkin to Vancouver for that #10 pick.

Posted by: fullright | June 20, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

rumor of the day huet not far to sign for caps, hip hip hip huet !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: stephane | June 20, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Stephane! Good news if it is true! His agent did say he was going to talk to GMGM this weekend.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | June 20, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Memo to whomever announces the picks:Stop mentioning the random sports bar where your fans are having a draft party. It's freaking annoying.

Posted by: markfromparkville | June 20, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Is this draft on tv?

Posted by: wanggo | June 20, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

The draft is on tv - versus
XM radio

Posted by: uncatim | June 20, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Caps moved up 2 spots to pick Baby Gus.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | June 20, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

If he stays healthy will he be as good as Bengt?

Posted by: uncatim | June 20, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

in GUS we trust!!!!

Bengt was awesome!!! grew up watching the of my favs...classic old school cap...

dont knwo about this guys injury issues but i like keeping it in the family and hope this kid lives up to his father...ill be pulling for him for sure...

Posted by: deadskin | June 21, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

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