Every summer the Capitals host development camp in Arlington, Virginia. And every summer we get to look at a new crop of goaltenders that are learning from some of the best coaches in the NHL and AHL. This summer is no different.
According to the Capitals: “Attendees include Capitals prospects who are under contract and recent Capitals draft picks who have not been signed yet. In addition, several undrafted and free agent amateur players will be in attendance.”
Adrian Clark is a free agent from Ontario. He “was named to the All-Ivy League First Team and set a Dartmouth record with six shutouts over the course of the season, eclipsing the previous mark of five set in the 1919-20 season.” He had seven
shutouts the past couple of season and is all the buzz in Dartmouth. He has a reputation for making some incredible saves and being a tough one for competitors to get around.
Mitchell Gibson hails from Phoenixville, PA and grew up a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers. We had a chance to see Gibson at last year’s dev camp after the Caps selected him in the fourth round of the 2018 draft. He is one of the best goalies in the US Hockey League (USHL). He is committed to Harvard University for the 2019-20 season so we won’t see him in the AHL/NHL anytime soon. Gibson shared what it has been like for him coming the camp for the second year and the benefits of the experience.
Logan Thompson comes to development camp as a free agent. He “was named to the All-Rookie Team, the First All-Star Team, the Rookie of Year and the Goaltender of the Year in the Ontario University Athletics.” The Hershey Bears signed him to a one-year AHL contract in May 2019. He has played eight games in the ECHL and one game in the AHL with the Binghamton Devils. His confidence seems to be growing and he has the acrobatics that make for a great goalie.
Beck Warm is pretty hot from what we are reading. “Warm ranked third in both wins and save percentage among goaltenders with at least 50 games in the WHL and was named to the WHL (West) Second All-Star Team.” He is likely one of the top prospects out there right now and would be a nice addition to the Capitals franchise, should they go in that direction. We hope to get a closer look at him in the days ahead.
However you approach the game of hockey – a solid goaltender is a must. The Capitals have been fortunate to have someone like Braden Holtby in the net these past few years, but it is time to be looking ahead. Could one of these young men be the Caps netminder of the future? We’ll have to watch and see.
Photos by Brittney Marcum
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