Matt Bradley

Lack of picks doesn't bother GM McPhee

— Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee will have five selections, tied for the fewest in franchise history, when the NHL draft begins tonight at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

The small number of draft picks doesn't bother McPhee, though, who has publicly questioned the overall depth of this year's class. Adding valuable prospects through the draft has been a strength of the Capitals in recent years, but with only one choice in the first three rounds — the 26th overall — finding an impact player may be more of a challenge.

McPhee could make a different type of splash during draft weekend, with the hockey world already abuzz with trade rumors and news of...