Austin Wuthrich shakes hands with Capitals brass after being selected 107th overall. (AP Photo)
PITTSBURGH – In their prior history, the Washington Capitals had selected two players total from the United States Development Program. They tripled that number in rounds four through six of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft Saturday, picking four players out of Ann Arbor to help replenish their prospect pool.
Thomas Di Pauli, Austin Wuthrich, Connor Carrick, and Riley Barber all heard their names called as part of four consecutive Washington selections through the middle rounds. And for every member of that team that was present at the CONSOL Energy Center, the moment was one of almost unspeakable joy.
“Unbelievable,” beamed Di Pauli, who moved to the United States from Italy in middle school to chase his NHL dreams. “At first I didn’t hear, but my mom stood up to congratulate me. Best moment of my life. I was starting to get a little nervous and shaky, so I couldn’t believe it. Dream c...