ARLINGTON, Va. – Forty-six NHL hopefuls are gathering this week at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the Caps’ annual development camp.
The majority of the attendees are still years away from playing professionally, but the week-long camp serves as a small taste of life in the NHL.
Of the 46 prospects, 27 spent last season playing college hockey, seven played junior hockey in Canada, five played junior hockey in the U.S., five played in Europe and two played professionally in the U.S.
Two players from last year’s development camp, Dmitry Orlov and Cody Eakin, combined to play 90 games with the Capitals last season.
Noteworthy players to watch at this year’s camp include 2012 first-round draft picks Filip Forsberg (11th overall) and Tom Wilson (16th overall).
Defenseman Patrick Wey is attending his fourth Caps development camp and the 2009 fourth-round pick is coming off an NCAA national championship last year with Boston College.
Forward Stanislav Galiev and defenseman Cameron Schilling are the most likely to see time with the Caps next season.
Galiev was a third-round pick (86th overall) in 2010 and suited up for the Caps last preseason, before returning to his junior team in Quebec.
Schilling, 23, was signed as a free agent last March following his senior season at Miami (Ohio) University. He went on to play seven games for the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.
The development camp is open to the public throughout the week. See the schedule below.
Capitals Summer Development Camp On Ice Schedule
Monday, July 9 – Group A on ice at 9 a.m.; Group B on ice at 10:45 a.m.; Scrimmage 3 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10 – Group A on ice at 9 a.m.; Group B on ice at 10:45 a.m.; Scrimmage 2:45 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11 – Group A on ice at 8:50 a.m.; Group B on ice at 10:50 a.m.
Thursday, July 12 – Group B on ice at 9:15 a.m.; Group A on ice at 10:45 a.m.; Scrimmage 3 p.m.