Capitals’ 2012 Development Camp Begins Monday

The Washington Capitals and their General Manager George McPhee have had a busy offseason since the 2011-2012 season ended prematurely in early May. Since the Game 7 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden the team has drafted ten prospects at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft while trading for NHL first line center Mike Ribeiro, and signing Joey Crabb and Jack Hillen as Free Agents. There have been questions raised about Alexander Semin’s future, whether in the NHL or overseas, and some have begun to wonder if he may end up rocking the red for another year or more.


With all the team’s ducks in a row the next step in producing a professional hockey team is an influx of new, young talent, players under contract brought over to Washington, DC and given a chance to make an impression on the staff before Training Camp. Many of the players invited were just drafted by the Capitals, others having been under contract while plying their trades under separate tutelage.
This is the nature of hockey, where new legs fight for roster weight that old legs can no longer bear. With a strong showing at Development Camp (alongside the seasoning and maturation that come with age) a prospect may appear at Training Camp, where the battle for roster spots is tooth and nail. Several roster spots aren’t open for competition (read; First Line) and plenty of other pieces are already set in stone by McPhee and Head Coach Adam Oates. A prospect must turn heads at Development Camp in July, and do the same against tougher competition during Training Camp in September, to force the team to make space for his talents.
Capitals’ property in attendance;

17 Chandler Stephenson
24 Riley Barber
39 Filip Forsberg
43 Tom Wilson
49 Stanislav Galiev
53 Travis Boyd
54 Greg Burke
62 Thomas Di Pauli
72 Caleb Herbert
79 David Civitarese
84 T.J. Syner
96 Taylor Stefishen
98 Barry Almeida
28 Jaynen Rissling
38 Garrett Haar
45 Cameron Schilling
51 Patrick Koudys
56 Patrick Wey
58 Connor Carrick
59 Christian Djoos
40 Steffen Soberg
78 Brandon Anderson

Alongside the Capitals’ property there will be other strong players invited to Development Camp as relative Free Agents, kids set to fill out the roster wearing the same uniforms as Capitals’ property players. These players not only fill out the lines for practices and drilling, their play will also force those above them to a higher ceiling of production during camp.

Andrew Ammon, F
Matt Bailey, F
Aaron Gens, D
Brant Harris, F
Max Iafrate, D
Chris Joyaux, D
Andreas Martinsen, F
Dan O’Donoghue, F
David Vallorani, F
Nathan Walker, F
Tyson Wilson, D
Scott Darling, G
Brooks Ostergard, G
Thanks to sk84fun_dc for the latter group of names.

Players will begin to hit the ice in groups Monday morning at 9AM (Group B at 10:45AM and a scrimmage at 3PM) and conclude with a formal scrimmage between colors at 10AM on Saturday, July 14th. There will be four days of drills and scrimmages (Monday through Thursday) followed by two scrimmages, the above mentioned Saturday showdown the highlight at Kettler.
All of the on ice activities are open to the public, from early morning training to mid-week scrimmages. Be sure to stop by the Ballston Mall for an early peek at some of the future Washington Capitals, this week only.

Lead photographs property of Ronald Martinez, Getty, and Jeanine Leech, Icon SMI.

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