On Wednesday, the Hershey Bears opened their preseason by playing the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the brand new PPL Center. The result of the actual game however is secondary to the sick goal Russian prospect Stan Galiev scored.
Galiev does a 360, passes the puck to himself, goes through two defenders, and then snipes the puck to the top right corner of the net.
Washington Capitals top defensive prospect Madison Bowey tallied three fancy assists in the Kelowna Rockets’ convincing 8-2 win over the Prince George Cougarson 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.
Every year ahead of Washington Capitals training camp, the organization invites its best prospects early to compete in a six-day camp. This year’s session, led by new Hershey Bears head coach Troy Mann, sees the prospects run drills, perform strength and conditioning tests, and on the final day– compete in a scrimmage against the Philadelphia Flyers.
On Saturday, the Capitals released an artsy video of what has transpired over the last few days. Among those featured in the video is Hershey Bears defenseman Michal Cajkovsky. The 6-4, 229 pounds Czech defenseman is shown testing his vertical and HOLY TABERNACLE BATMAN – he just jumped entirely out of the screen!!
Andre Burakovsky is the best Caps prospect yet to play a game with the big club (Photo: Elsa/Getty Images).
With rookie camp upon us, RMNB presents the new edition of its semiannual prospect rankings.
Prospect rankings factor in a player’s potential, his probability to reach his ceiling (including an assessment of that player’s adaptation to NHL’s style of play), and physical and mental maturity.
The Caps prospect pool is considered top-heavy, with four Caps prospects ranked in top-50 league-wide by both Corey Pronman and NHL.com. However, there’s believed to be a significant drop-off in talent after that. While Capitals management has tried to make their prospect pool deeper, they’ve still got work to do. The Caps are considered thin at center in particular, underlined by auditioning their two top wingers for a center slot.
Washington Capitals’ 2014 Draft first-round pick Jakub Vrana kicked off his season this week with two Champions Hockey League games. After getting kept off the scoresheet as his Linkoping defeated Pardubice 2-1, Vrana, who played on a line with ex-Hershey Bears Jeff Taffe and Jacob Micflikier, scored two points in a blowout victory over Italian team Bolzano, 5-0.
Last Tuesday, Canada played the Czech Republic in National Junior Team Development Camp in Montreal. Because the Washington Capitals had two top picks from the 2014 draft, forward Jakub Vrana and goaltender Vitek Vanecek, playing, I recorded the game to take a closer look.
Vanecek allowed six goals on 37 shots in Canada’s 6-2 victory. With so much rubber going his way, the 18-year-old Czech had more than enough chances to display his strengths and weaknesses.
On Thursday, Vrana, playing with the Czech Republic as part of the National Junior Team Summer Development Camp, tried again to get super creative against Canada. After taking a pass behind the net, Vrana attempted to scoop the puck up with his stick blade and score like a lacrosse player.