We are just four days away from the start of the Washington Capitals development camp, with many of the organization’s prospects reporting to the team by the end of the week. Six-foot-three, 200-pound Vincent Iorio, selected 55th overall by the Capitals in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, leaves Brandon, Manitoba for Virginia on Friday.
“For me personally, it’s soak everything in from the older guys,” the 18-year-old Iorio said of his goals. “It will be a jaw-dropping experience when you see some of the older players on the team. For me, it’s making sure that I’m listening to the tips and the habits that they do. What they give me is going to be really important for me, to bring it back to Brandon even and show the younger guys.”
For Iorio, born on November 14, 2002 in Coquitlam, British Columbia, who played the last three seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League (WHL), he concedes there will be some nerves, but that’s a good thing.
“Oh totally. You’re definitely going to have nerves going into camp but having nerves is always a good thing. First impressions mean a lot to coaches and staff so I just want to go there, play my best and have fun doing it.”
Iorio has been working hard since he was drafted by the Capitals. He also participated in Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team summer development camp held at the end of July and beginning of August in Calgary, Alberta. The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler attended the camp, and had favorable comments concerning Iorio’s play in camp.
“Iorio was more aggressive and confident on the attack than I expected while playing his usual polished game defensively. I don’t think he’ll make the team [World Junior] but they paired him with some good players (including Cormier, who is a lock) and he played well.”
Capitals development camp begins this Saturday with the Capitals training camp beginning next Wednesday.
By Jon Sorensen