Caps' Development Camp Starts July 9Posted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
Annual summer development camp gets underway for the Capitals and a few dozen of their young prospects and hopefuls next week. The kids will hit the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Monday for a week of drills, scrimmages, off-ice workouts and bonding. Included among the invitees are each of Washington’s two first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft. Wingers Filip Forsberg (the Caps’ first pick, 11th overall) and Tom Wilson (second pick, 16th overall) will be among the skaters here next week. Altogether, the Caps will have eight of the 10 players they drafted last month at next week’s development camp. Of the team’s 2012 draft choices, only fourth-round forward Austin Wuthrich and seventh-round goaltender Sergei Kostenko are not expected to attend. Twenty-two of the players in attendance next week are players either signed or drafted by the Capitals. Sixteen of those 22 players are Washington draft choices. Players will participate in a total of five scrimmages over the course of the six-day camp. The first of those is Mon. July 9 at 3 p.m. and the last on Sat. July 14 at 10 a.m. The roster of Caps-drafted and signed prospects will be augmented by the addition of several other young free agent players. The identity of those players will be revealed when camp starts next week. Saturday’s session will also feature the team’s Fan Fest, with autograph sessions, a free public skate, the introduction of new Caps center Mike Ribeiro and more. All summer camp scrimmages and drills are open to the public and free of charge.
Three days into the NHL’s annual free agent signing period, the Caps announced a second signing. Washington inked right wing Joey Crabb to a one-year deal on Sunday, and on Tuesday the Caps announced the signing of defenseman Jack Hillen, who spent the 2011-12 season with the Nashville Predators.