Caps Development Camp Day Two Standouts and Photos

The Capitals continued with their development camp on Wednesday. After an easy start on Tuesday, the coaches really put them all through the paces. It was Test Day for the forwards and defensemen on the Arlington Rink while the goalies worked on their skills over on the Capitals Rink. They all came together for more drills at the noon hour.

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Here are some of our standouts from the day:

Brian Pinho is participating in his sixth development camp. He signed a pro deal in April after a four year collegiate career with Providence College. Pinho was named as Hockey East’s Best Defensive Forward and has come into camp ready to show his level of improvement and ready to take a spot in Hershey. He is just the type of player that the Caps will need in the coming years.

Connor Hobbs is expected to return to Hershey, although that could depend on what he has to show at training camp later this summer. His game has certainly matured and we love his shot – lots of power behind it. He has had a year of playing in Hershey and a year to adjust to a faster game.  He is one of those players that seems to be on a mission to show how much he has grown as a player – and it definitely shows. Could he find himself on the Caps defense?

Jonas Siegenthaler is like that fine wine that keeps getting better with time. Every year he seems to be stronger and faster. He has quick feet and a smooth way of handling the puck. At 6’3″,  he seems to have learned a bit more about how to handle his size – even scoring his first professional goal in October 2017 with the Bears. We expect to see him return for training camp. With all the adjusting to contracts this year, it is possible that a spot could open for him on the blue line — if not this year, then perhaps next.

Can we just say how much we still like Shane Gerisch??? This is his sixth camp and as Olie Kolzig said today, the has “earned his strips.” That said, it is possible that he will spend the season in Hershey to prepare him for more time in the NHL. He had sometime helping out with the goalies which is also a good sign that the coaches felt they could pull him from testing.

Ilya Samsanov continues to capture our attention. Maybe because he is the novelty player of the day or maybe because he is a massive goalie who will likely have a very successful NHL career. Kolzig said that he expects Samsanov to go to Hershey to back up Vitek Vanecek.  Ilya needs time to adapt to the culture of a new place, learn the language, and what it is like to play on a smaller rink. These things take time and the Caps want him to succeed. He will be back for training camp after some time in Detroit with a language instructor.

New Kids in the Block

Fresh from the Dallas Draft, the Capitals welcomed

Alexander Alexeyev (D)
Martin Fehervary (D
Kody Clark (RW)
Riley Sutter (RW)
Mitchell Gibson (G)
Alex Kannok-Leipert (D)
Eric Florchuk (C)

This will be there time to see what it is like playing in the big league and working with the level of professional coaches the Caps and Bears have to offer. There hasn’t been any real standout from this crew yet. Alexeyev  at times looked a bit unsure today and had a couple of mis-steps; however, by and large he looks like a first round draft pick who will fill in the Caps roster in a couple of years. We’ll have a more complete report at the end of camp as we take a closer look over the coming days.

Over the next few days we will see who steps forward and who stands out in camp. This is a special time for all the players and we hope they are having a lot of fun while the coaches put them through the paces.

Photos and video contributed by Chris “Twitter King” Cleveland

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