The Capitals held training camp on Sunday morning after a day off and following the loss of their fourth preseason game on Friday. Todd Reirden spoke after camp and repeatedly said he is happy with the performance of veteran players. He said we can expect to see more of them begin to play in the next few preseason games.
John Carlson was out on the ice today, looking pretty happy with himself.
Devante Smith- Pelly was on the ice; however, he is not a sure thing for the next game. He keeps working to improve and achieve the level the coaching staff is looking for before putting him in. A decision could be made on Monday. He is working hard, skating and conditioning before and after scheduled camps and even skated on Saturday when the team was given the day off.
Had a chance to watch Sergei Shumakov. He has a smooth skate and will be a great addition, most likely to the Hershey Bears. He completed his skate test today to see where he is. Coach said he is getting up to speed and would not share the results of the test. It is a useful tool to evaluate where a player may need to work on their skills.
And continuing with our fascination with goalies – Viteck Vanecek was looking sharp in the crease today. He is doing his best to put the pressure on Pheonix Copley but most likely a Bears return soon.
Coach said the competition continues for the Beagle Replacement. Nic Dowd certainly in the running. The games have pitted player against player to see who shines for the coach and management. Some have taken advantage of those opportunities. A decision has not been made yet either regarding the defenseman,including Madison Bowey who has to prove himself to coach. We are still leaning toward Connor Hobbs for his shot at the roster. It is a balancing act to decide what they can afford and what is most beneficial for the team.
Expect more cuts after the Capitals play the St Louis Blues on Tuesday.
Caps will be back at training camp Monday at 0930 and will wrap up around 1.
Photos by Mel Abernety