The Washington Capitals held day two of development camp on Wednesday, starting with on-ice testing of forwards and defensemen on the Arlington Rink with Coach Dwayne Blais. Meanwhile, the goalies worked out with coach Mitch Korn on the Caps ice.
The prospects began the morning, slowing entering onto the ice and teaming up for their drills. They warmed up and then went through limited speed trials as well as some four-cone drills. You can tell that some friendships are developing as the guys were more comfortable today with one another.
Axel Joonsson-Fjallby, who plays with the Swedish Hockey League, has caught the eyes of many – partly because of his flowing locks but mostly because he plays a fast aggressive game. He was drafted by Washington in the fifth round (#147) of the 2016 draft The 19 year old is expected to return to Djurgarden next season.
Many of the players struggled with the turns on the cones, and that is exactly with the coach wants to see–areas for improvement.
Mitch Korn was encouraging with the goalies, while pushing them to stretch themselves.
We had a chance to talk with Tyler Anderson’s dad who was on hand to watch his son. Anderson is a free agent hailing from the British Columbia Hockey League’s George Spruce Kings. He was pretty excited when he received the call to participate with other elite players in the Washington Capitals camp. He will return to Lake Superior State University in the fall. In the meantime, he is enjoying his time meeting other players and improving his skills at camp.
The boys will be back at it on Thursday morning bright and early at 9:15.