The first round of the 2014 NHL Draft emanates from Philadelphia on June 27 with the Washington Capitals holding the 13th overall selection. Over the next week, I will profile five potential draftees that could realistically be available to Washington.
Team: Swift Current Broncos (Western Hockey League)
Age: 18 (Dec. 3, 1995)
NHL Central Scouting Final Ranking: No. 11 (North American Skaters)
An undersized offensive defenseman is probably the last thing that the Capitals need to bolster their meager defensive corps, but Honka's dynamism may be enough to justify his selection.
A smooth skater and slick puck mover, the 18-year-old relies on his elusiveness and vision to make plays. His most obvious weaknesses are his high-risk nature and lack of physicality, attributes that Washington simply has too much of already on the back end.
At No. 13, Honka may be a reach but skilled defensemen with his potential are not readily available. He could be worth the long-term risk.
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