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During the first Coach’s Corner segment of the season (now half as long! Thank you, Sportsnet), outspoken analyst and big Maple Leafs fan Don Cherry discussed the Leafs’ approach to drafting under the new regime. As always, it was hilarious, maybe even intentionally so.

And, yes, the Caps were even mentioned.

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Photo: Leonid Elenin’s Facebook

On March 31, 2009, Russian astronomer Leonid Elenin discovered an asteroid. Some five years later, Elenin has chosen the perfect name for it: Alex Ovechkin.

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Since leaving Caps training camp, Jakub Vrana has dominated in Sweden.

Vrana, 18, kicked off his SHL season last week with a two-point night, scoring a goal and an assist against Leksand on Wednesday. Three days later, he was back at it again with his linemates Jeff Taffe and Jacob Micflikier (both former Hershey Bears), scoring a goal in Linköping’s convincing 5-1 victory.

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Crash it and good things will happen. (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Capitals have announced that they signed forward Liam O’Brien to a three-year entry-level contract. O’Brien was a free agent invitee to both development and training camps. While other free agents invited saw little time as soon as the main camp started, O’Brien stayed with the Caps all the way, scoring five points (one goal and four assists) as well as getting 17 penalty minutes (including three fights) in five preseason games.

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A few years ago, Polish-born forward Wojtek Wolski came to the Washington Capitals as a reclamation project. Instead of becoming a permanent member in the team’s top six, he became a permanent denizen of Adam Oates’s doghouse and left for the KHL. Since then, he has had some success with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod.

And by success I mean setting insane records. Today Wolski set the KHL record for the fastest hat trick ever. He did it pretty fast.

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Vrana during an interview with local newspaper Corren before the game.

Washington Capitals prospect Jakub Vrana scored two points in his first game back with Linkoping after being cut from Caps training camp. Vrana, who was dominant in the Champions League action before coming over to North America, got a goal and an assist as his Linkoping defeated Filip Forsberg’s former club, Leksand.

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Madison Bowey Scores a Career-High Five Points

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One Capitals top prospect Madison Bowey added another huge WHL game to his resume. After he collected three assists in a power play show in his first game back in junior, Bowey scored career-high five points (two goals, three assists) in Kelowna’s dramatic 7-5 victory over Vancouver that was broadcast around Western Canada on Shaw TV.

Both of Bowey’s goals came shorthanded. All three of his assists were recorded while the Rockets were on the power play.

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Matt Ridley and Mike Ridley (Photos: Les Stockton and Washington Capitals)

We don’t usually report on ECHL transactions, but this is a special case. The Washington Capitals’ affiliate in the ECHL, the South Carolina Stingrays, have announced the signing of defenseman Matt Ridley. Matt is the son of longtime former Capital Mike Ridley, a Canadian center who spent ten years in Landover during two separate stints with the team.

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Washington Capitals top defensive prospect Madison Bowey tallied three fancy assists in the Kelowna Rockets’ convincing 8-2 win over the Prince George Cougars on Saturday.

It was the first WHL game of the year for Bowey, who missed his team’s first two games (both wins) while he participated in the Caps’ training camp. Bowey was assessed four penalty minutes (two roughing minors) as the teams combined for 92 minutes in the penalty box.

Bowey was named the game’s first star.

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Shane Gersich Kicks Off USHL Career With Goal

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Gersich battles for the puck. (Photo: Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald)

Shane Gersich, a Capitals fifth-round pick, started his USHL career with a goal in an Omaha Lancers’ loss to Sioux City Musketeers in overtime in the first game of the regular season.

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