Photos By Brittney Marcum
The men attending development camp at the Washington Capitals Arlington, Virginia training facility finally had a chance to show off their skills on Saturday. As the final day of camp, they participated in a scrimmage that pitted friend against friend. And impressive it was!
Scoring today were Connor Hobbs, Brian Pinho, Garrett Pilon, Tim McGrauley, Damien Riat, and Colby Williams There is some confusion if Sheldon Rempal or Shane Gerisch. Either way – they were both a presence on the red team today.
We have a bit of a photo gallery here for you and will be loading up photos for specific players over the next few days. Some standouts for us include:
Connor Hobbs: He is much improved since last year’s camp – he has one heck of a powerful shot. And we liked his stick handling out there.
Jonas Siegenthaler: Back from playing in Switzerland, Jonas has grown increasingly confident in his play. He is a stronger player and fast on his feet. We liked his progression and hope we will have a chance to see more in Hershey this year.
Lucas Johansen: This is his second camp with the Capitals. Last year there was much excitement about his draft in the first round. He played in the WHL last season and certainly has his own style. He is a fast and aggressive player. He seem a little uncertain at the start of camp but he was everywhere he needed to be today.
Shane Gerisch: Some good buzz about Shane. He isn’t afraid to fire the puck. At 21, (his birthday is in nine days) he may be ready to take the next step. He was drafted by the Caps in 2014.
Mattias Goransson: Also created a good bit of buzz around the rink this past week. At 6’3″ he is a big guy who moves smoothly from one end of the ice to the other.
Then there were the goalies: Adam Carlson, Colin Delia, Michael Lackey, and Mack Shields. They had some real one-on-one training this past week with the goalie coaches, especially Mitch Korn. Each one played well in the net–they are big guys who don’t leave much of a gap between the pipes.
We couldn’t end our piece without a shout-out to Tyler Anderson. Tyler will return to the NCAA as he continues to mature as a player. He has some smooth moves and lots of speed. We had the privilege of getting to know his dad, Coach Todd, during the week and we know he comes from good stock. We’ll be keeping an eye on 21 year-old defensemen to see what good things come his way.
Best of luck to all of the prospects. May you find your way to the team and career of your dreams. We will certainly see some of you back in the Capitals franchise soon and others on teams around the league. Have a great season wherever the ice take you.