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The 2011 Washington Capitals Development Camp is over, wrapping up Saturday with a Fan Fest and spirited final scrimmage between Teams Red And White. The Capitals estimated over 3,000 fans came to Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the day's events, and no doubt left excited by what they saw and what next season holds for the Caps. General Manager George McPhee addressed the media after the scrimmage, discussing the performances of a few players and talking excitedly about playing hockey in July. Full audio can be found here, via 106.7 the Fan D.C. - highlights of McPhee's talk can be found below.
When asked who he felt stood out the most in camp, not necessarily one of the top prospects:
I thought [Garrett] Haar was the biggest surprise of the camp. For a young man that was four picks away from not being drafted he really played well here. Liked his hockey sense and the way he competed, I liked the way he defends, and he looks real strong on his skates, so we're really delighted with a kid we took in the seventh round to perform the way he did is pretty impressive.
McPhee also found 17-year-old Travis Boyd impressive:
Really pleased with him, he's a smart player and for 17 years old to be out there sticking his nose in playing the way he did and showing us that he understands the game, he thinks the game real well. Pretty happy with him too.
Finally, on playing hockey in the steamy D.C. month of July:
This is pretty remarkable. When you're six to eight people deep in every crevice in the building, it's pretty neat. Nothing like hockey in July. Especially Caps hockey. It's pretty cool.
What a difference a year makes. One year ago at this time, Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks was fighting through development camp, simply trying to make the team. Now, just a year later, he is addressing the media at Capitals Fan Fest, talking about the new acquisitions of the Caps and of that anxious time at Kettler Capitals Iceplex just 12 months ago. Via 106.7 the Fan DC, full audio of the Hendricks video can be found here, but a few highlights:
I hate to see some of the guys go, you know, my linemates in particular, I got to be real close with them. But you look at the additions, and, our team's moved forward for sure.
They're gritty players. They work hard, they play the game the right way and I think they'll only gonna benefit our team for sure.
And finally, on what a difference a year makes at development camp:
Not as nervous, that's for certain, not as much anxiety, it's a good feeling knowing that you're gonna have a paycheck and a contract. But, you know, training camp's always a nervous time no matter if you have a job or if you don't because there's gonna be a lot of young players here, a lot of great, talented players, and everyone's fighting for jobs.
The final day of the 2011 Washington Capitals Development Camp saw a Fan Fest in the morning and an entertaining, albeit slightly chippy, third and final scrimmage in the afternoon, with Team Red defeating Team White 5-2 before a packed Kettler Capitals Iceplex crowd.
Team Red led 2-0 after the first period, behind goals by Karl Stollery and Reid Edmonson. Travis Boyd continued his strong play in camp, recording an assist on the Edmonson goal. Team Red also received two goals from 5'6' T.J. Syner, a lighting quick skater built like a football player. Syner will return to UMass-Amhert for his senior year brimming with confidence. The final tally for the victors was an empty netter by Stanislav Galiev with 13 seconds to play.
Dustin Stevenson and Aaron Schmit chose to mix it up in the second period, entertaining the crowd with a dustup won handily by Stevenson.
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The Washington Capitals' prospects played their second scrimmage at Development Camp on Thursday morning, and this time, Team White got its revenge, winning in a shootout, 4-3, to tie the series at one. The game was tied at three before the shootout, and Garrett Mitchell had the only goal in the shootout.
Travis Boyd continued to star for the red team, scoring two goals to bring his total for the camp to three goals and two assists. David Civitarese, Danick Paquette and Mitchell scored the goals for the white team, while Reid Edmondson scored the other goal for the white team.
Bruce Boudreau was especially praiseworthy of Boyd. Via Sky Kerstein of 106.7 The Fan:
Bruce Boudreau said afterwards on Boyd, "...there's some guys that are really opening eyes to the scouts and management."
There will be two more practices Friday as the players prepare for Saturday's scrimmage and FanFest.
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Throughout the first two days of the Washington Capitals Prospect Development Camp, every prospect has had an opportunity to establish themselves. On Wednesday afternoon in front of a large crowd at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Group A (White) and Group B (Red) took to the ice for their first scrimmage. Four different players scored for Red as they defeated White 4-2.
The first period was played with a running clock, while the last two featured normal stoppages. Caleb Herbert opened the scoring midway through the first period to give Red a 1-0 lead, but Andrew Cherniwchan tied the game at 1-1 just before the period ended.
"They played hard," Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau said. "There was a lot more physical contact then the last two development camps, at least early on in the first games."
Both teams played much tighter defensively in the second period. Stanislav Galiev, who earlier in the period missed a wide-open net while on a two-on-one with Mattias Sjogren, redeemed himself by jamming in a puck in the crease to give Red a 2-1 lead after two periods.
"It was a great game," Galiev said. "I'm happy I scored. It was a good pass by [Travis] Boyd and just had to shoot the puck."
The third period featured much more scoring as Boyd's redirection and Aaron Schmit's tap-in gave Red a commanding 4-1 lead. Right after Schmit's goal, Red's Garrett Ross and White's Dustin Stevenson exchanged blows in an even fight. Garrett Mitchell cut White's deficit to 4-2, but it was too late as Red held on to win.
The two teams will face off in two more scrimmages. The first will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday and the second 10 a.m. on Saturday.
The Washington Capitals will hold their annual Prospect Development Camp July 11-16 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington. Throughout the week, there will be three intrasquad scrimmages, including the final one at 10 a.m. Saturday that coincides with Capitals Fan Fest. The official schedule of events is below:
Monday, July 11: 9:45 a.m.: Group A on ice, 2:00 p.m.: Group B on ice
Tuesday, July 12: 9:30 a.m.: Group B on ice, 11:45 a.m.: Group A on ice
Wednesday, July 13: 9:00 a.m.: Group A on ice, 10:20 a.m.: Group B on ice, 3:00 p.m.: Intraaquad scrimmage
Thursday, July 14: 9:00 a.m.: Intrasquad scrimmage
Friday, July 15: 9:30 a.m.: Group A on ice, 11:15 a.m.: Group B on ice
Saturday, July 16: 10 a.m.: Intrasquad scrimmage and Capitals Fan Fest
Nineteen players will take part in Development Camp, including top prospects Cody Eakin, Dmitri Orlov and Mattias Sjogren. Last summer, two players that attended Development Camp - Marcus Johansson and Braden Holtby - played for the Caps during the 2010-11 season. The entire roster broken down by position is listed below:
40 Steffen Soberg
38 Garrett Haar
56 Patrick Wey
81 Dmitri Orlov
33 Mattias Sjogren
50 Cody Eakin
53 Travis Boyd
54 Greg Burke
93 Dmitry Kugryshev
All sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, download the official guide here.