Martin Fehervary Misses First Practice, Ilya Samsonov Still Out: Day 8 of Capitals Training Camp

After a day off on Tuesday, the Washington Capitals returned to work on Wednesday for their eighth day of training camp at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. The team will hold practices through Saturday before departing for Toronto on Sunday. The Capitals play their only exhibition game one week from today when they face the Carolina Hurricanes. Puck drop is 4:00 PM on NBCSN.

Ilya Samsonov and Martin Fehervary did not skate today for the Capitals. Samsonov has not skated in training camp thus far. This is the first time Fehervary missed a session. As we reported earlier, Fehervary took a stick to the face in the recent scrimmage.

The first session included a 3-on-3 scrimmage that ended with a shootout. Garnet Hathaway would pot the game-winner.

Session one ended with Kuznetsov and Orlov working on their shots, as they often do.

The Capitals will hold their third scrimmage of training camp on Friday. The scrimmage  will be used as a full dress rehearsal to get back into a game day routine. The scrimmage will start at 4 pm, which is the start time for the team’s exhibition game and at least one first round robin games.

Todd Reirden
On Alexeyev, Reirden said that he’s “made some strides” and is getting comfortable. The 20-year old Russian joined training camp on Monday for the first time since Phase 3 began on July 13. Reirden mentioned Alexeyev will take part in Friday’s scrimmage. (More here.)

Vitek Vanecek
The 24-year old Czech expressed how it’s a “great” feeling being a part of the Capitals’ quest for a second Stanley Cup. “[I’m] so happy I can be with this organization,” Vanecek said. He noted that it is a “tough situation” given current circumstances. “We will see what happens.” (More here.)

Evgeny Kuznetsov
With a 52-point season (19g, 33a) this season, Evgeny Kuznetsov became the 14th player in franchise history to record at least five 50-point career seasons. Each of Kuznetsov’s 50-point seasons have been in the last five years, making him one of nine players to do so consecutively. Kuznetsov’s 1.41 assists per 60 minutes of play ranked first among Capitals with at least 30 games played and tied for 37th in the NHL. Over the last two postseasons, Kuznetsov’s 38 points (13g, 25a) lead the Capitals and rank third in the NHL. (More here.)

Martin Fehervary
“I’m a little swollen on my nose and under my eye, but it’s nothing serious. Teammate Michal Kempný unintentionally hit me with a stick. Fortunately, they didn’t have to sew my wound, they just glued it with a special liquid glue for similar injuries,” said Fehervary. (More here.)

Alex Alexeyev
Washington Capitals defensive prospect Alexander Alexeyev, the 31st overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, said on Wednesday that it was “pretty awesome, exciting” to get invited to camp and added that wants to compete for a roster spot and get better. (More here.)

Dmitry Orlov
Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden will start defenseman Dmitry Orlov on his off side, the right, on a pair with Brenden Dillon when the team begins playing games again and the 28-year-old told the media on Wednesday that is “not a problem” as he used to play that side for most of his career. Though he did say that it is “hard to cover from that side,” he thinks it will get better with more practice. (More here).

Happy Birthday, Captain!
Our beloved Captain turns one year old today. You can read our birthday post for Captain here.

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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