Shane Gersich Returns; Ilya Samsonov, Alex Alexeyev Miss Practice Again – News From Day 3 Of Capitals Training Camp

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Wednesday was day 3 of the Capitals summer training camp at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. The Capitals will have the day off tomorrow (Thursday) before returning to work on Friday for day 4 of camp. The team will depart for Toronto on July 26 and play their lone preseason game on July 29 against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Capitals open the 2020 playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning on August 3 at 4:00 PM ET.


Alex Alexeyev and Ilya Samsonov missed Wednesday’s training camp practice. Both have yet to participate in training camp.

Shane Gersich, who missed yesterday’s practice, was back on the ice today.

Connor McMichael
Capitals head coach Todd Reirden was asked about potentially using last year’s first round draft pick in the playoffs.

McMichael held his media session following practice on Wednesday. “It’s a really cool experience,” McMichael said of joining the Capitals for training camp, adding that he is happy to be with the team even as a black ace and will be ready to go in case another player will not be able to suit up for battle. (More here).

Ilya Kovalchuk
Kovalchuk sat for an interview following day 3 of training camp.

T.J. Oshie
On life inside the bubble in Toronto, he said, “honestly, I don’t really know.” He is not sure what he will do inside the bubble, but there will be a “lot of time on facetime” with family. He is hopeful he will be able to hang out with his teammates in the rooms. He “feel(s) like a kid again” with being in a hotel for a long time with teammates. Oshie said it will feel “different, but I’ll adjust” and that the Capitals always find ways to have fun.

“Timing is going to be the most difficult thing. … It’ll be hard transitioning into [Stanley Cup Playoff hockey],” Oshie thought. (More here)


  • Nicklas Backstrom enters the 2019-20 playoffs ranked first on the franchise’s playoff assist list (70) and second in games played (123), goals (36) and points (106). His four playoff overtime goals are the most in franchise history, and no other player has more than two.
  • Backstrom is one of just four active players with at least four playoff overtime goals (Patrick Kane: 5; Corey Perry and Patrick Marleau: 4). Additionally, Backstrom’s 0.57 assists per game rate is tied for third among players entering the 2019-20 playoffs with at least 100 games played (Sidney Crosby: 0.73; Evgeni Malkin: 0.65; Kane: 0.57).
  • Since his first season in 2007-08, Backstrom’s 684 assists rank first in the NHL. With 42 assists in 61 games this year, Backstrom was on pace to finish with 50 assists before the season was suspended. Had he reached the mark, he would have become the 19th player in NHL history to record seven consecutive 50-assist seasons.
  • Of the 18 players to achieve this feat, 16 are in the Hockey Hall of Fame. The two that are not – Henrik Sedin and Joe Thornton – are not yet eligible for the Hall of Fame.

Jack Adams Award finalists were announced on Wednesday.

Calder Memorial Trophy Award finalists were also announced on Wednesday.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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