Cool Hot Lunch

It’s hot as blazes outside right now, but lunch here today was cool in every sense of the word. I sat in the stands at the rink here in Arlington and watched hockey while I dined.

Four of this week’s rookie camp attendees got into town early (well, three of them did. Stephen Werner lives locally) and took to the ice Monday afternoon for an informal session of skating and drills under the watchful eye of Caps bench boss Glen Hanlon.

The four players come from four different nations. Sweden’s Nicklas Backstrom, Finland’s Sami Lepisto and Russia’s Viktor Dovgan joined Werner here on the ice surface at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Many more kids will be hitting town and then the ice between now and Wednesday when camp hits full stride.

Not only were the four Caps hopefuls skating a rink newly adorned with the team’s new logo, they’re wearing the team’s new practice jerseys and new red, white and blue gloves.

I’m guessing a lot of folks are going to be taking long lunches or playing hooky altogether later this week when Washington’s summer development camp proper starts. The roster will be released in the next day or so, but the preliminary list contains 42 names. There are usually a few late additions/deletions, but I can safely say that this year’s summer development camp roster is the most impressive group I’ve seen in my years here.

Hope to see new and familiar faces alike here at the ’Plex later in the week.

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18 Comments on “Cool Hot Lunch”

  1. sk84fun Says:

    Thanks for the update; good to hear the players are taking advantage and arriving early; looking forward to seeing the list when it is released…and to seeing the prospects on the ice later this week.

  2. Gustafsson Says:

    Your lunch options make us jealous….

    see ya later in the week.

    -g

  3. Barovan Says:

    When are the dates of the camp?

  4. Gustafsson Says:

    http://capitals.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=328618

    Capitals Summer Development Camp On Ice Schedule
    Tuesday, July 10 Players arrive
    Wednesday, July 11 On ice in two groups beginning at 8:30 a.m.; scrimmage from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
    Thursday, July 12 On ice in two groups beginning at 8:30 a.m.; scrimmage from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
    Friday, July 13 On ice in two groups beginning at 8:30 a.m.; scrimmage from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
    Saturday, July 14 On ice in two groups beginning at 8:30 a.m.; scrimmage from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
    Sunday, July 15 Players depart

  5. dumpnchase Says:

    Thanks Gus, for posting that. Here is a little bit more about on-ice specifics:

    The players will be split into two groups. The first will take the ice from 8:30 to 9:30 each day, and the second goes out from 10 to 11. As Gus mentioned, there is a daily scrimmage from 4:30 to 6. That’s it for on-ice activity, all the time between 11 and 4:30 will be spent on off-ice and video training and conditioning. Media will not have access to players until after 6 p.m. daily.

  6. PowerWing Says:

    So let’s get to the meat of the matter: how did the Swedish fellow look?


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  8. doug Says:

    Mike, good article on Brian Pothier. I think he has been taking a huge beating in some of the blogs; while everybody deserves a few shots, he has taken way more than his share. Your article lays out some of the facts; many let the “facts” get in the way of a good argument. At the same time, I complimented both Brian and Captain Clark on their involvement with the US hockey team during the recent games in Russia. As a retired military member, I always appreciate “service to coutnry” and I appreciated what Brian and Clarksie did to represent our great country in those games. Besides, Brian seems a good, class guy and I’d love to see him have a stellar year.
    v/r
    Doug

  9. gusty161 Says:

    42 players will be at the camp? The quality depth McPhee has created in this organization is nothing short of amazing. How great is it going to be on Wednesday to walk out of the high 90s to watch some hockey?

  10. Smitty Says:

    I can’t wait to watch some July hockey tomorrow!

    Mike – Is there a full list of players anywhere? Something to put numbers to names? Practice jerseys don’t generally have the players’ names on them, unless things have changed.

  11. dumpnchase Says:

    PowerWing,
    The Swedish fellow looked fine. He’s gonna be a good one. I never comment on how a guy looks in practice/drills unless he’s off the charts good or bad. A player’s career lasts years, and it’s wrong to hang a guy out over one shift/game/practice/drill or whatever. I’ll leave that task for the message board mavens.

    Doug,
    Thanks very much, I really appreciate it. Your instincts are spot on, Pothier is a good guy and a very classy guy. Plus he is a far better defenseman than the fan base gives him credit for being. I’m ready to take my beating from the naysayers on this one. I appreciate the service to country aspect, too. I’m a military brat … my dad spent 20 years in the Navy.

    Gusty,
    There are 42 on the prelim list. Could be a few more or less by tomorrow. By my quick and rough count, 30 of the 42 are Caps draftees. I agree with you that there is a great deal of depth in the system right now, but credit should extend beyond McPhee to Ross Mahoney and the entire scouting staff. They have done a great job the last few years.

    Smitty,
    I’m hoping they’ll release a roster later today. But if not, don’t worry too much. The guys I watched y-day had names and numbers on their practice jerseys.

  12. PowerWing Says:

    Thanks for the update.

    If you don’t mind, a bit of constructive criticism: please write more about the players. How they are playing, what they are saying, maybe a human interest story here or there. Not to be a jerk, but your postings have very little depth when it comes to these details.

    You watched the practice, you probably talked to the players before and afterward… give us a scoop!

    With your level of access, you have a responsibility to do this for us fans who don’t live in the area and can’t make it to the practices.

    Give us a reason to come to your blog! Otherwise I’m gonna have to unbookmark it.

  13. Barovan Says:

    Damn that ends before I will be in the area. Oh well.

  14. dumpnchase Says:

    PowerWing,
    I’m not in a bookmarking contest, so do what you’ve gotta do. I write whatever I feel like writing or whatever doesn’t really “fit” elsewhere, and generally the stuff that is more player-specific and human interest related goes on the main site, washingtoncaps.com.

    I watched the “practice” (could hardly even be called such with four players on the ice), but I talked to no coaches or players before or after. And contrary to popular belief, my level of access is hardly different from anyone else’s. When the room is open to the press, that’s when they let me in. Not before, and not after.

  15. John Says:

    The Caps released the roster participants, but for the second year in a row it apparently does not include the FA invitees. Could you please list them for us? I’m specifically interested to know if Mike Haley was invited. Thanks.

  16. dumpnchase Says:

    John,
    I’m not at liberty to disclose them, but they’ll be evident to everyone in attendance tomorrow. Most of the focus and attention — and rightfully so — will be on the 33 players listed on the roster released earlier today.

  17. Chester Says:

    Mike and Doug,

    Kudos to both of you for your support of Brian Pothier. I am a little behind in my reading after all of the excitement this past week. (I had read the Pothier article however and had not had a chance to comment). Brian Pothier has received little credit for his contributions to the team from the ever-vocal naysayers. He brings skill and poise to the defense. My father (and hockey date) is also a veteran (a retired Marine). We love to see young men of such strong character and talent represent the United States. It is a shame that Ben Clymer (also a target of the nay-sayers) was recovering from his surgery. A trio from DC providing the leadership for the young team would have been icing on the cake.


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