The Capitals are still in the hunt for a No. 1 defenseman, and while it’s certainly possible they get one in the near future, they’re not far off.
It’s possible they can trade one of the top three defensemen in the game to acquire a top-four defenseman.
But that’s a tough sell in the Capitals’ current state of flux, and the team could very well choose to trade one or two defenseman to add to its depth.
And if they do, the team would likely need to acquire one or more draft picks.
There are a couple of players in the top six who could potentially be a fit.
There’s one guy who is not quite on that list: Darnell Nurse.
The Caps have an interesting combination of needs in the middle, but the one player they really need is a defenseman.
They have no clear top-six defenseman in the league and they also don’t have a true No. 3 defenseman.
So how can the Capitals get that in the coming months?
The answer: draft picks, of course.
The Capitals have two draft picks in the 2018 draft (the sixth-rounder in the 2019 draft is still available) and a fourth-rounder.
That gives them a second round pick in 2019, and they can draft another fourth-round pick in 2020.
They can also trade down in the first round and get a pick in the second round.
That means they have a chance to trade down and get the fourth-and-5 in the 2020 draft, which is the top-6 pick in that draft.
That would be the Caps’ second-round selection.
The second-rounder is the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft.
The Capitals can take the pick if they choose to.
And that pick could be a defenseman or a goalie.
In any case, the Caps could take a defenseman and trade down.
That player could be Nurse.
Nurse has had a tough year.
He’s been in and out of the lineup, which has led to some speculation about his future.
He is in his fifth season in the NHL.
He has made a ton of mistakes and has been a major reason the Capitals have been a mess all season.
If he can’t make a full recovery, the Capitals could consider trading him.
But he’s not going to be traded for anything.
The two players who the Caps can trade for the fourth and 5th overall picks would be Darnel Nurse and Nikita Zaitsev.
The third-round picks could be used on a goalie or defenseman.
And they would be available as trade chips, which means the Capitals wouldn’t have to spend any of their first-round draft pick.
That’s not to say they’d have to pay too much.
They would likely be able to pay more for the No, 2 and 4 overall picks, plus a fourth and fifth round pick.
But the Caps are a team with lots of holes.
They’ve got a young core that is just starting to come together, but they haven’t found the next-generation talent yet.
They’re not even a playoff team yet.
It wouldn’t take a ton to improve the team’s depth.
The only problem with that is they’d need to get one of their top-nine defensemen (and their top three centermen) to come up and be ready for the playoffs.
It’d be a massive boost.
That could be easier said than done, but it’s not impossible.
The next team in need of a solid defenseman?
This could be the team.