Capitals 2016 Development Camp in Photos


Photos: Amanda Bowen

The Washington Capitals hosted their annual development camp for prospects two weeks earlier this year – arguably the busiest week of the offseason – to better accommodate prospects’ demanding schedules over the summer.

Three days after the 2016 NHL Draft, Caps prospects, which included the likes of top prospects Madison Bowey and Riley Barber as well as every pick from the 2015 and 2016 drafts, took the ice. The prospects learned system play and did drills to allow the front office to evaluate their skills and get baseline numbers. The prospects also participated in off-ice programs to learn what it takes to be a professional in the league. There was also a team-building rowing event held near Georgetown.

Lost in the headlines of qualifying offers, huge trades, and the first day of free agency, talented 2015 first-round pick Ilya Samsonov made his Caps debut, working feverishly with legendary goalie coach Mitch Korn. “[Camp] was really hard,” Samsonov said through a translator. “So many shots.” Forward Stan Galiev even made an appearance several days to help translate. Over the next year, the culture-shocked Samsonov, who only knows a handful of English words, will Skype once a week with Barry Trotz’s son Tyson, to better learn the language and communicate with coaches.

On Saturday, Caps Development Camp concluded with a scrimmage in front of a mostly full Kettler Capitals Iceplex, where Team White picked up a fun, but insignificant win.

That’s because, as the prospects know all too well, the real games and real tests are to come. Only a handful will suit up for the Washington Capitals someday.

Below are my photos from every day this week.

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Tom Wilson Selfie: Six Caps, One Plane (Photo)


I have no idea if they’re coming or going, but here’s a quarter of the Caps roster– Tom Wilson, Justin Peters, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Connor Carrick, Andre Burakovsky, and Madison Bowey— on the same airplane.

Wilson, the mastermind of the selfie, Instagrammed this comment along with the pic: “Elbows up everyone. Looking good @kuzy092 #lotsoftigers”

Nope. No idea what that hashtag means.

Photo: Mathieu Belanger

Capitals’ top defensive prospect Madison Bowey scored four points in the last two games of the Memorial Cup round robin. Bowey, who was held off the scoresheet in the first game of the tournament, netted a goal and two assists in a 7-3 blowout victory over the Rimouski Oceanic. He then followed that performance with an assist on the Rockets’ lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the OHL champions Oshawa Generals.

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Photo: Marissa Baecker/WHL

Last night during the Capitals’ miserable game seven loss to the Rangers, the Kelowna Rockets swept the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL Finals. This is good news because Caps prospect Madison Bowey is the Rockets’ captain. He tallied an assist in the game.

This is Bowey’s first junior league championship. He accepted the Ed Chynoweth Cup on behalf of his team and will get to play in his first Memorial Cup a week from now. It’s the Rockets’ first appearance since 2009.

Bowey finished the WHL playoffs leading all defensemen in goals (7) and points (19). My man!

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Capitals prospect and WHL star Madison Bowey scored two goals in game six of the Western Conference Finals as his Kelowna Rockets finished off the Portland Winterhawks with an 8-4 win.

That win wasn’t easy for the Rockets. In a familiar scenario, Kelowna fell into a 3-0 hole in the first period. Just like in game one, it was the Rockets’ captain who brought his team back into the game.

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Capitals top defensive prospect Madison Bowey scored a shorthanded goal in the first game of their conference semifinal series against the Portland Winterhawks (featuring another Caps prospect, Blake Heinrich). That early second-period tally kickstarted the Rockets, who were trailing by two after first period.

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Photo: Marissa Baecker/Getty Images

Caps’ top defensive prospect Madison Bowey was the hero in game four of the Kelowna Rockets’ first round WHL playoff series against the Tri-City Americans. Late in the second period, the Americans took a 4-1 lead with what looked like a back-breaking shorthanded goal. It was at that point the Rockets, fueled by Bowey, managed to turn the game around and sweep the series.

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Jakub Vrana, Riley Barber, Madison Bowey

Three Capitals prospects have made the semi-annual list of the 50 best affiliated NHL prospects compiled by ESPN’s Corey Pronman. The list includes only players not currently on NHL rosters. This time, the ranking is topped by the Leafs’ forward William Nylander.

Following a mediocre World Junior Championship, Jakub Vrana, 13th overall pick of 2013 Draft, finishes seventh in Pronman’s rankings.

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Photo: Shaughn Butts

The WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, home to the Caps’ second-round pick and World Junior champion Madison Bowey, have gone all-in on the Memorial Cup, acquiring Winnipeg Jets’ top prospect Josh Morrissey from the Prince Albert Raiders last month. Now the Rockets have made another all-star caliber addition to their already-impressive roster by trading two roster players and three draft picks for another Raider, Leon Draisaitl, third overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, in advance of Friday’s WHL trade deadline.

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Caps prospect Madison Bowey just won the World Junior Championship. He scored a goal in the tournament, but I was more impressed by something else: the destruction he authored at Christmastime. Bowey teamed up with forward Nick Ritchie to fire pucks at some traditional holiday favorites and put a unique spin on a hockey shootout.

I like seeing things get destroyed in slow motion and I think you will too. So here’s 8 GIFs.

See the unembeddable video on Bar Down here.

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