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The penultimate day of Capitals development camp took place on Friday, as the prospects continued with drills in preparation for Saturday’s scrimmage. In the afternoon, the Caps hosted a three-on-three tournament, which saw Liam O’Brien’s Team Red winning in the championship game.

Saturday is the final day of development camp, which coincides with the team’s annual fanfest. The scrimmage will take place at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at 10:30AM. See how many RMNBers you can spot in attendance! Also I’m told Ranger Nathan is taking donations on any Troy Brouwer gear that you find at the equipment sale. Here’s the full schedule of Fanfest.

You can see all of Amanda Bowen’s photos from Friday below.

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Last week, the Washington Capitals tore down the giant banner of Mike Green that hung over the parking deck adjacent to the Ballston Common Mall. On Friday, they unfurled a replacement banner: Braden Holtby.

That should be comforting to fans who are nervous about Holtby’s contract situation.

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You remember how exciting my photoshop of TJ Oshie in a Capitals uniform was a few days ago? Now let’s visit the opposite end of the feels spectrum.

On Thursday, the Detroit Red Wings posted a photoshop of former Capital Mike Green in his new #25 Red Wings jersey and no, I will never get used to this.

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During his first development camp in Washington last year, 2014 first-round pick Jakub Vrana wowed everyone with his skill via a fancy shootout goal. This year, the Capitals wisely affixed a GoPro to the top of his bucket. The returns were predictably tremendous.

Here are my ten favorite GIFs from Vrana’s helmet cam video.

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Thursday was day three for the Caps prospects at development camp. They started off doing five-on-five and the other puck handling drills we’ve grown accustomed to seeing at regular season Caps practices. Coaches started developing lines in red, white, and gray. These factions preview what we might see at the Fanfest scrimmage on Saturday morning. Though, there’s still plenty of time to mix it up.

The guys played a 3-on-3 tourney on Thursday afternoon after the Caps rink was transformed into three separate playing surfaces.

In other news, current Cap, Connor Carrick, and now St. Louis Blue, Troy Brouwer, were spotted at camp today, hanging around the facility before pulling on their skates for some afternoon ice time.

RMNB’s Amanda Bowen has all your photos of the morning sessions below.

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Photos: Caleb Herbert Fan Club

While 23-year-old center Caleb Herbert has a long road to the NHL in front of him, he has something that other higher-rated Caps prospects in the system don’t: a burgeoning fan club!

Tuesday, three college-aged girls emblazoned in amazing, handmade puffy-paint shirts, made the journey to Kettler Capitals Iceplex to watch the first day of Development Camp. They had one goal in mind: to get a photo with the man they call Herbie.

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Kendrick Lamar Wore a Caps Hat at London Concert

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar gave a concert in Finsbury Park of North London on the fourth of July, which I suppose is celebrated a bit differently over there. That doesn’t matter. The point is this: Lamar, a California native, rocked a Washington Capitals Winter Classic hat at the concert.

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If there’s one thing hockey players like it’s pasta. For eight years, Capitals players flocked to the Vapiano on Wilson Boulevard, just a few blocks away from Kettler. At the end of June, however, the German-owned chain closed down its Arlington location. Upon hearing the news, Liam O’Brien, who skated 13 games with the Capitals last season, was crushed.

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Wednesday, the Capitals hosted the second day of development camp and it was pretty much as the same as Tuesday. Prospects spent most of the session doing skating drills, which included stick handling around mustard yellow poles. Goaltending coach Mitch Korn also worked with the young goaltenders.

In the evening, the prospects planned to go to the Washington Nationals game, but it was rained out for the second straight year.

RMNB’s Amanda Bowen has your photos from today’s session below.

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Participants of the Capitals’ Development Camp come from many different backgrounds. The annual gathering this year features undrafted foreigners, college free agents, and some of the team’s top prospects. One invitee has a particularly interesting story: Kevin Lohan, cousin of actress Lindsay Lohan.

“We’re family, but I usually don’t say much about it,” Lohan said. “You can only control what you can control. You can’t control others.

“To be honest I haven’t seen her in a while,” he added of Lindsay, eight years his senior. “We used to be close when we were younger. Everyone went their separate ways.”

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