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Washington Capitals select left winger Eriks Mateiko in the third round of the 2024 NHL Entry Draft – NoVa Caps

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The Washington Capitals selected left winger Eriks Mateiko with the 90th pick in the 2024 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday afternoon at The Sphere in Las Vegas, Nevada. They previously selected Ilya Protas with pick #75 in the third round after trading draft picks with the New Jersey Devils. He is 6’5″ and weighs 215 lbs.

Mateiko, 18, spent the 2023–24 season with the St. John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), where he scored 23 goals and recorded 23 assists in 49 games.

Mateiko has what it takes to be a power forward. He charges straight ahead and runs through the defense into the goal zone. With his height of 1.95 meters, he takes up a lot of space in front of the goal. He uses his reach to place the puck between the opponents’ stick and skates. He lets himself through and plays passes to his teammates.

OTHER RECORDINGS

With his huge frame and good shot, Eriks Mateiko has caught the attention of many talent scouts. Coming in as an injured replacement in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Top Prospects Game in January, he made the most of his opportunity and showed a great power game with plenty of physicality. He uses his frame well and at almost 6’5″ and 205 lbs, it’s not hard to see why many teams are interested in him in this upcoming draft.

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RANKINGS
93rd place in the CONSOLIDATED RANKING
Rank 94 at ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
Ranked 82nd by THN/KENNEDY
59th place at MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Rank 74 by FLOHOCKEY/CHRIS PETERS
Ranked 110th by FCHOCKEY
Rank 75 according to DAILY FACEOFF
Rank 33 according to NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)
Rank 102 at DRAFT PROSPECTS HOCKEY
Rank 67 at SPORTSNET/BUKALA
Rank 133 at RECRUIT SCOUTING

By Diane Doyle

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