Saturday marked day two of on-ice work for the Capitals. Although it’s very early in the planning process, a couple of questions may have been already answered, with regards to preliminary 3-on-3 strategies and the plans for the 3rd line.
News and Notes
Andre Burakovsky said he’s at center now. “Trotz gave me kind of a head’s up that I’m going to start as a center… I’m kind of into it”
Day two of practice included early 3-on-3 work for the team. Coach Trotz went with two forwards and one defenseman, as the Capitals begin preparations for the new overtime format. Earlier, Trotz set up the 3v3 drill so one team had 2 Fs, 1 D-man and the other had 3 Fs. Trying stuff out. Lots of cherry picking ensued.
As per Alex Prewitt, Justin Peters had arthroscopic knee surgery August 10. Said today he’s fully cleared for game action this preseason.
From Chuck Gormley, Three notable line combinations at Caps camp:
Barry Trotz said he has Brooks Orpik penciled in for the last two preseason games, but said if that doesn’t happen, that’s OK too.
“Fancy Stats” related, as per Alex Prewitt, Trotz dropped a @ reference. Said he’d have to check for how much time Oshie and Roy skated together in St. Louis. 55.3% CF in 72:08 TOI, for those wondering.
Couple notes from Trotz’s availability: Planning for Orlov to get 5 preseason games and penciled Orpik in for the final 2.
Trotz also said Holtby would play “the majority” of preseason time to get ready, & Grubauer/Peters would receive a solid chunk of the rest.
Todd Reirden said Nate Schmidt had “by far” the best skate test on the team
Training Camp Day
Day two also included “Washington Capitals Training Camp Day” for the fans. Fans were treated to plenty of training camp hockey, autographs from Capitals alumni, including Craig Laughlin and Brent Johnson and the mingling of Capitals regulars Wes Johnson and Erin Magee.
Andre Burakovsky to start at center (Isabelle Khurshudyan/WaPo)
MacLellan, Trotz: Third-line center, depth defense among camp battles to watch (by Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
Nicklas Backstrom on playing in season opener: ‘I don’t know.’ (Isabelle Khurshudyan/WaPo)
Capitals expect no surprises in second camp under Barry Trotz (Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
2015-16 Washington Capitals training camp preview: Defensemen )Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
Capitals assistant GM Ross Mahoney talks rookie tournament, future hosting plans (Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
After rookie season, Michael Latta ready for bigger role with Capitals (Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
In Washington on tryout agreement, Derek Roy trying to ‘act like a rookie’ (Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
Brooks Orpik discusses wrist surgery, staying patient during recovery (Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
Capitals’ Vitek Vanecek making progress, word by word (Alex Prewitt/WaPo)