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Capitals trade Rissling to Predators

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According to the Calgary Sun on Sunday, the Nashville Predators acquired defenseman Jaynen Rissling from the Washington Capitals on Saturday for a seventh round pick in the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Rissling, who has played the last five seasons with the Calgary Hitmen, was the Capitals' seventh round selecton (197th overall) in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

The Capitals will receive the Predators' 192nd overall pick. The seventh round of the draft will take place in Philadelphia on June 28, 2014. Both the Capitals and Predators missed the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was the first time since 2007 that the Capitals did not reach postseason play.

Rissling had eight goals and 29 assists for 37 points in 54 games played with the Hitmen this season. An Edmonton native, Rissling also had 105 penalty minutes and was a +4. In six postseason games this year, Rissling had two assists and 12 penalty minutes. Despite a superb regular season where the Hitmen had 103 regular season points, Calgary was upset in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals four games to two to the Kootenay Ice.

The Predators are looking to increase their defensive depth with the deal. Nashville already has two-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist Shea Weber on their roster, but seem to be in the position of a rebuilding phase. Their youth movement on the blueline is led by Seth Jones, the Predators' first round pick last season. However Jones was a -23 last year and it looks like it will take some time for him to mature into a National Hockey League star.

Meanwhile, the Western Hockey League playoffs are continuing this week. In the Eastern Conference final, the Edmonton Oil Kings lead the Medicine Hat Tigers 2-0 in the best out of seven series following a 3-1 win in game two on Sunday. In the Western Conference final, the Kelowna Rockets and Portland Winterhawks are tied at one game apiece.