PITTSBURGH – Below is the transcript of the draft day interview with Capitals’ third-round pick, Chandler Stephenson.
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What’s your initial reaction on finally coming off the board and going to Washington?
Just excited, you know. The whole week, just kinda anxious about where I’m going. I talked to Washington and wasn’t really sure about their thoughts, so it’s an honor to go there.
You talked to them a few times?
Talked to them at the combine and during the season a bit. It was kind of unexpected, I guess.
How familiar are you with the organization? Do you know anyone in the organization who played for the Pats?
Yeah, Garrett Mitchell. My rookie year with Regina, he was captain of our team. He is a great leader, and I know he’s going to be talking to me. He said [Washington] is a great place to play and obviously I’m really excited to play there.
How would you describe your game?
As an offensive forward, I’d like to see, but I’m trying to change to two-way forward, fix the defensive part of my game.
What would you say is your path for the next few years?
Just still developing in Regina, still learning a lot with the WHL. I’m just going to take a lot in there, and just kind of develop and move on and follow the path of my career.
Do you still keep in touch with Garrett Mitchell?
I’m sure you’ll talk to him about the organization and I would assume you’ll be at Development camp in July.
Yeah. Probably he’ll be talking to me and I’ll be talking to him. We both are on the same team now, and before that, I knew him, and he’s at the same agency as me.
How would you best describe the way you play?
I don’t know, an offensive forward, like I said. Skating is probably my #1 attribute.
What was the meeting with the Capitals like before the draft?
It was really good.
Do you see yourself as a center moving forward?
I played center this year and played left wing, just whatever the coach wants me to play.
What’s your idea when you think Capitals? What first comes to mind?
Alexander Ovechkin. He’s exciting to watch. Growing up, he’s always been the top player, him and Semin.
Did you have a big crowd here today?
Just my family, my dad’s buddy, and my agent.
How old were you when you first started playing hockey?
I went to register for hockey when I was 4, but you have to be 5. So I played ringette for a year and when I was 5, I played hockey.
Did your dad play, too?
No. My dad was a ball player.