Caps Training Camp Roster
A total of 68 players will be on the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in the upcoming weeks for the 2008 Washington Capitals rookie camp and training camp as announced by Caps GM George McPhee.
Twenty-six players will participate in rookie camp, which began today, Sept. 14, with a 10 a.m. practice and runs through Thursday, Sept. 18, when the rookies host a scrimmage against the Flyers’ rookies at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Training camp begins Saturday, Sept. 20, when 42 veterans – 25 of whom saw action for the Capitals last season – will join the rookies to prepare for the upcoming 2008-09 NHL season. In between practices and off-ice workout sessions, the Capitals will play seven preseason games before camp concludes with the Caps Care Classic golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 6.
The public is welcome to attend every practice, free of charge, beginning Sunday, Sept. 14. Tickets will be required for admission to the rookie game on Sept. 18; all available tickets have already been claimed on WashingtonCaps.com.
The 2008 training camp marks the first of head coach Bruce Boudreau’s tenure with Washington, as the 2007-08 Jack Adams Trophy winner as the NHL’s coach of the year assumed his current role in November last season. He will lead a team with a number of familiar faces: 18 of the 21 players who played for Washington in the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs return this season. The top 18 players in average ice time for the Capitals in 2007-08 all return to training camp.
Rookie camp will mark the Capitals debut for 2008 first- and second-round draft picks Anton Gustafsson and Dmitry Kugryshev, respectively, while goaltender Jose Theodore will take the ice as a Capital for the first time in training camp.
To see the full roster go to this link:
Caps Training Camp Schedule
The 2008 Washington Capitals Rookie Camp and Training Camp Schedule can be found at:
Nicklas Backstrom Injury Update
According to Tarik El Bashir of The Washington Post Nicklas Backstrom’s injury is not real serious but according to McPhee the team is being very cautious with the injury (see http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalsinsider/2008/09/backstrom_doing_better.html
for the full story). Last season Caps forward Alexander Semin injured his ankle and it wasn’t until mid-season (January) that Semin rounded into form. The Caps cannot afford to have Backstrom out long term although they do have two other quality centers in Sergei Federov and Michael Nylander. Nylander injured his shoulder early last season and did not play after December but is poised to make his return and is determined to contribute this season. When all three are healthy Boudreau will have some tough decisions on how to divvy up the ice time at center.