A Caps Fan’s Guide To The 2013 NCAA Tournament

Miami University’s Riley Barber headlines a list of Caps prospects at the NCAA Tournament (Photo credit: Rachel Lewis / Triple Deke Photography)

Washington Capitals prospects have been no strangers to the NCAA hockey tournament recently. A year ago, four of them (including then-UFA Cameron Schilling) made it to regionals. This year’s tournament includes six Caps prospects.

Regionals will be held in Toledo, OH; Providence, RI; Grand Rapids, MI; and Manchester, NH. The winners of the tournaments will face each other in Pittsburgh on April 11-13.

Grab yourself a bracket and let’s learn about our competing Caps prospects.

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Photo credit: Boston College

The senior class of the Boston College hockey team, including Washington Capitals top defensive prospect Patrick Wey, has become the first in university history to win all four of their Beanpot tournaments.

The tournament — which decides Boston’s top hockey school among Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, and Northeastern — has been held annually since the 1952-53 season. Overall, Boston College has won the tournament 18 times, while rival Boston University has won it the most (29).

Yesterday, Boston College, led by high-scoring sophomore Johnny Gaudreau, beat Northeastern University 6-3 en route to its fourth-straight title.

Highlights of the game are past the jump.

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Caps prospect Patrick Wey (left) poses with the Lefty Smith – “Snooks” Kelley Memorial Trophy. (Photo credit: BC Eagles Facebook Page)

On Friday night, three Washington Capitals prospects participated in the Holy War on Ice, the annual game between Boston College and Notre Dame. Boston College held on to win 3-1, riding two goals from Calgary Flames draft pick Johnny Gaudreau. Caps defensive prospect and Eagles’ assistant captain Patrick Wey helped on Boston College’s first goal of the night, scored by Pat Mullane, while Capitals 2012 fourth-round draft pick Thomas DiPauli scored Notre Dame’s only goal. The Capitals other fourth-round pick of 2012, Austin Wuthrich, didn’t get on the scoresheet for Notre Dame.

Wey (white) chips the puck down the ice. (Photo credit: Chris Gordon)

Wey waits his turn during drills. (Photo credit: Chris Gordon)

After being drafted in the fourth-round (115th overall) in 2009, Patrick Wey has been to the last three Development Camps hosted by the Capitals, holding his own every time. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native — more on that later — was a standout in American juniors with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL before making the jump to Boston College. The powerhouse Eagles, who have one the deepest defensive corps in NCAA hockey, won a national championship his freshman year. Unfortunately, Wey missed the 2010 Frozen Four after contracting mononucleosis.

This past year, the 20 year-old continued his progression, tallying his first — and so far only — collegiate goal against the University of New Hampshire on March 5. Wey was also was one of five Capitals prospects to participate in the World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York, capturing a Bronze medal with Team USA along with fellow BC d-man Brian Dumoulin. He is also a teammate of the Penguins’ 2009 second-round pick Philip Samuelsson, son of former Swedish NHL star Ulf Samuelsson and one of the last cuts from the 2011 US WJC team.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov drives hard to the net

Photo credit: BuffaloWorldJuniors.com

As we already wrote, the Caps were well represented in 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, sporting five prospects in the tournament. Philipp Grubauer played on the weak German team and Patrick Wey had a situational role on the bronze-medal USA squad.  The other three Caps prospects played in the finals and each had great success in the tournament. So what did they do in the gold medal game? Here is our look at their best moments.

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Prospect Watch: Russians Win WJC, Eakin Gets Traded

RMNB Prospect Watch

Ed. note – Fedor Fedin and Roman Piontkovsky of GlobalCapsFans live to dish out salacious gossip about those players orbiting just out side the Capitals’ exosphere. Here is your sorta bi-weekly edition about kids in the Caps system (CHL, USHL, NCAA, KHL, TL;DR).  It’s Prospect Watch!

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The 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships, which will be held in Buffalo and Niagara Falls from Dec. 26 – Jan. 5, will feature the best of the best in junior hockey. Roman Piontkovsky, Alessandro Seren Rosso, and myself will tell you which Caps prospects will be fighting for their respective countries and what we can expect of them.

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RMNB Prospect Watch

Ed. note – The sole duty of Fedor Fedin and Roman Piontkovsky of GlobalCapsFans is to serve you tasty morsels of news about your favorite not-yet-but-maybe-one-day Caps. Russian Machine gears up once more to give you your bi-weekly offering of players in the far reaches of the Caps system (CHL, USHL, NCAA, KHL, DADT).  Prospect Watch incoming!

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RMNB Prospect Watch

Ed. note – Fedor Fedin and Roman Piontkovsky of GlobalCapsFans are not at fault for the tardiness of this week’s entry. That’s all on Peter. Regardless, Russian Machine is proud to provide the bi-weekly lowdown on players somewhere beyond the Caps system (CHL, USHL, NCAA, KHL, XBOX360).  Prospect Watch incoming!

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RMNB Prospect Watch

Ed. note – Once more, Fedor Fedin and Roman Piontkovsky of GlobalCapsFans emerge from the Russian wilds to deliver the straight dope on all players somewhere outside the Caps system (CHL, USHL, NCAA, KHL, MSNBC). Here comes Prospect Watch!

In today’s issue, you’ll learn about how Cody Eakin’s big night fell on Cody Eakin bobblehead night. You’ll despair in the troubles Dmitri Orlov’s club is having. And you’ll want to send a care package to Greg Burke as he recovers from the kissing disease.

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