One of three returning players for the US, Riley Barber will be relied upon leadership and scoring (Photo credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Three Washington Capitals draft picks have been selected to participate in USA Hockey’s World Juniors training camp, which will be held in Minneapolis this month. It will determine who will represent the country in Malmo, Sweden this winter.

Forwards Thomas DiPauli and Riley Barber, as well as defenseman Connor Carrick (all drafted by the Caps in 2012) are up for roster spots.

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Riley Barber wasn’t the only Capitals prospect to have a great Saturday. Andre Burakovsky of the Erie Otters recorded four points, two goals and two assists, in his team’s 7-1 blowout over the Mississauga Steelheads, concluding a big week for Erie during which they won three games and outscored opponents 19 to 5.

Burakovsky’s 37 points in 26 games are good for sixth in points among players under nineteen years of age. His 19 goals lead the age group.

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Barber battles Bemidji State’s Radoslav Illo (Photo credit: Monte Draper/Bemidji Pioneer)

Washington Capitals’ sixth-round 2012 pick Riley Barber continues to put up huge numbers in the NCAA. A sophomore at Miami University, Barber is currently tied at third in points in the nation along with linemate Austin Czarnik and Caps’ development camp invitee Sam Anas from Quinnipiac. Continue Reading

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Yesterday we had an alarming report out of Chelyabinsk, where it appeared that Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov injured his shoulder for the umpteenth time.

Traktor Chelyabinsk’s head coach Valery Belousov wasn’t very encouraging after the game, saying that Zhenya “hurt his shoulder a little.” Today, however, the news out of Chelyabinsk is a bit more reassuring, as reported by Yuriy Golyshak of Sport-Express and translated below.

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Top Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov continues his playmaking exhibition in the KHL. With six points (four assists) in his last four games, Kuznetsov seems to have shaken off a bad start in which he had four consecutive pointless games and suffered a shoulder injury.

In the last two games, Kuznetsov added three assists, two of which were highlight-worthy.

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Washington Capitals first-round pick Andre Burakovsky has been on a roll lately. With an eight-game point-scoring streak, the 18-year-old Swede is now tied for ninth in the OHL in goals (15) and tied for 18th in points (25).

In Sunday night’s 7-1 thumping of the Sarnia Sting, the crafty winger scored three goals for his first career hat trick in the OHL. With one more goal in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over the Oshawa Generals, that’s a four-goal weekend. Burakovsky also scored the game-winner in both games, giving him a league-leading five GWGs on the year. That’s remarkable.

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Washington Capitals prospects Madison Bowey and Chandler Stephenson have been named to Team WHL for upcoming games against Team Russia in the annual Subway Super Series to be played in late November. A roster is not yet finalized: just one goaltender, seven defensemen, and 14 forwards have been selected.

Some players only play in just one game of the series, while others– those with a better shot of making the World Juniors squad– will get a two-game audition against one of the world’s best junior teams. Last year, the WHL’s roster consisted of 29 players: two goaltenders, nine defensemen and 28 forwards.

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New Captain Madison Bowey Scores A Pretty Goal

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On Saturday night, Washington Capitals defensive prospect Madison Bowey took the ice in a game against Prince George Cougars. It was Bowey’s second game as a captain of his Kelowna Rockets squad, and it was one to remember.

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Kelowna Rockets Name Madison Bowey Captain

Bowey and the ‘C’. (Photo credit: Regan Bartel)

2013 second-round selection Madison Bowey has been named captain for the Kelowna Rockets. Bowey, veteran of two WHL seasons with Kelowna, had been one of three players wearing the ‘A’ on his jersey for the first part of the season. Friday’s game against Prince George Cougars was his first as captain. Continue Reading

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Top Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov came into Friday’s game against Yugra on a roll: three goals in his last three games and loads of confidence leading Traktor back in the playoff picture.

Kuznetsov kept up the pace in a 4-3 overtime win for Traktor Chelyabinsk over Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk. And he did it in style.

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