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The Washington Capitals invited free agent defenseman Eliot Antonietti to Development Camp, which began on Monday. Standing six-foot-six and weighing 236 pounds, Antonietti is an undrafted defenseman who just happens to be humangas bigDespite his young age (he’s just 21), he already has professional experience having played 108 games in the Swiss top pro league, the NLA, one of the best leagues in Europe.

With just nine points in his NLA career over four seasons, Antonietti, who is playing for Geneve-Servette, can’t be considered an offensive defenseman. Last month, he signed a three-year contract with his club.

I recall seeing Antonietti at the World Juniors. He was a man among boys physically at the tournament– not only one of the biggest players, but also one of the oldest, making the age cut-off by less than a month.

There are a number of big-bodied free agents at camp. Defensemen Ben Woodley (Brampton/CHL), Zach Loesch (Lake Superior State/NCAA), and Wade Epp (Northern Michigan/NCAA), left winger Chris Waterstreet (SUNY Oswego/NCAA D-III), right winger Zach Saar (Penn State/NCAA) are all six-foot-five. Defenseman Michal Cajkovsky, who left a good impression at camp one year ago and played with Reading in the ECHL, stands at six-foot-four.

Antonietti is a headliner among the free-agent camp invitees. Other players to look for are Sam Warning from University of Minnesota and Slovenian Olympian Jan Urbas.

So, how tall is Eliot Antonietti?

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Very.

  • DCSportsDork

    I am looking forward to him squishing more skulls. Wait….he’s not the mountain?!?!?!

  • Rob W.

    That is the beard I wish I had, its beautiful

  • Sam W.

    Yes, please.

  • Barrett

    Get him in the system. At age 21, he still has plenty of time to develop into a shut-down style defensman and add some offense to his game. There’s some things you cannot coach and one of them is a players’ size.

  • Dave Hubbard

    And the countdown begins to his first fight with Chara.

  • Dan Curry

    THIS IS WHO WE NEED.

  • Ash

    Goddamn. That beard is at Alzner Level 5.

  • Alex

    Get him a Caps jersey. NOW. Oh, and give him #33, you know, for shits and gigs.

  • Jonathan Cribbs

    You want to give a guy a contract because he plays in Europe and is tall?

  • Erik Rubinson

    Swiss Charra.

  • Sarah

    It could give Zetterberg’s a run for its money. Let’s do this!

  • themav80

    The Mountain That Skates

  • Marky Narc

    Seriously. I want the Caps to sign his beard to a 5 year deal.

  • Sarah

    Eh, six foot six is kind of a magic number, as you probably know.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26286

    Chara, for example, gets to use a longer stick (she said, primly keeping a straight face). It’s not a competitive advantage or anything, just a random detail.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    they should have a hot dog eating contest

    or an actual dog eating contest

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    And just like the Mountain, I worry if he’s got a good head on him. #spoilers

  • Sage Confucius

    Put him in front of the net and let him deflect pucks in. And anyone who can play solid defense consistently is fine with me. Wonder how well he can skate?

  • VeggieTart

    That is about as epic as Holtby’s impressive facial hair. Dude looks like a beast.

  • DashingDave314

    Considering how big he is, quite well.

  • JenniferH

    I love the shot of him among the stuffed animals. :D

  • JMW

    Hodor?

  • Scott Mallon

    as long as he doesn’t wear the number 55 he should be fine.

  • DustinPenncakes

    I really like the last names on the helmets.

  • Bilal

    I like underdogs, hope he can make an impression……..BUT HOLY FISH TICKLING BALL SACK!!!!!!!!! That is an impressive beard

  • Barrett

    Yes and because he has potential to be good. It’s no different than signing any young player, from any league, to an entry-level contract.

  • Brackaphobia

    For what it’s worth I think I saw Bowey wearing double nickel. At least at dev camp.

  • sheena dunn

    i was totally thinking that too!!!!

  • GrnEggsNHam

    Bahaha @ beard comments. If I stopped grooming my facial hair for 3 months it would look exactly like that. Except he’s been keeping his stache trimmed. Oh and I probably wouldn’t have a fiance or at least not the same one O.o

  • Dougie Jordan

    That’s his older brother Ben (5’10”) in the second picture during the Swiss Winter Classic. He’s a very defensive player, doesn’t have much offensive assets but he’s a really strong dman. I don’t think he’s anything close to NHL material though.. (I know that because he plays for my hometown team Geneva)

  • CDizz

    …we literally know nothing about his hockey ability, but yes, let’s sign him up. Because he’s tall.

  • CDizz

    I’m, like, 99% sure that’s just Jack Hillen on stilts with a massive beard. Look at it.

  • ATLL

    They only let you use a stick that’s 65″ as opposed to the usual max length of 63″. I doubt it’s THAT great an advantage.

  • legardien

    Is it me or do the boards also look a little higher in this picture?