Capitals Prospect Vincent Iorio Is Looking To “Take The Jump Into Professional Hockey” In The 2022-23 Season

On Tuesday, Washington Capitals defensive prospect Vincent Iorio spoke to the media following the second day of the team’s development camp at Medstar Capitals Iceplex. He discussed his motivations to play professional hockey this season and how he can sharpen his skills on the ice.

With the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL), Iorio recorded 11 goals and 33 assists for 44 points in 60 games played, which was a career-high for points and 16th-best among all defensemen in the WHL. He added another goal and an assist in six postseason games. The Capitals recalled Iorio to the AHL’s Hershey Bears immediately following the conclusion of his WHL season on April 4, but he did not see any game action.

“It was really good to get a little taste of real hockey, but my time in Brandon was awesome,” Iorio said, calling Hershey “the place to play.” “Guys move the puck pretty quick. It’s on and off their stick. It was really good. I was only there for a week-and-half, but still even just getting that little taste really motivates you to have a good summer.”

He spent some time this summer to “decompress and cool down,” but is now back on the ice and in the gym. “It’s been really good so far.”

On sharpening his skills, Iorio said, “For me, specifically, just quick passes on and off the tape—no dust on the puck. We were working on that today actually as a d-core, so little things like that. The pace of play is a little faster and eliminating extra time that’s not needed is going to be very important.” He wants to “get his hips around” and keep his body open to make better passes to his partner on the blueline or to a forward.

Iorio attended his first Capitals’ prospect camp in September of 2021, which he called “really good,” adding, “They’re really good to me. They’re really good to all the younger guys, so it was lots of fun.” He’s hoping to use that experience and enthusiasm to help new prospects in their first camp.

“Take the jump into professional hockey,” Iorio said regarding his ideal 2022-23 season. “It’s a big summer for me and I’ve been working really hard. I’m going to continue to work hard and do everything I can to play professional hockey.”

He considers himself a “puck-moving defenseman” who is “reliable in all three zones.” “It’s something I’ve been preaching ever since I was a little kid…Eventually, I’ll become a rookie again and I’m going to have to learn the ropes from the older guys once again, so for me just to take bits and pieces of different people’s games and just develop and model myself into a solid two-way defenseman.”

Iorio also wants to work on joining in on the rush. “I think it’s something I definitely have to offer and it’s something I progressively got better at in my time in the WHL and I’m looking to continue to do that. Just learning from some of the older guys here…John Carlson is one name. He is very good at the first pass, loves to join the rush, so if I could emulate a little bit of that, that’d be great.”

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By Della Young

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2 Responses to Capitals Prospect Vincent Iorio Is Looking To “Take The Jump Into Professional Hockey” In The 2022-23 Season

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    Vinny’s been enjoyable to cover over the last season. His off-the-wall exit passes are top tier, brings good physicality and seems to have next-level vision on the ice. Looking forward to watching him develop this season.

  2. steven says:

    At 6’4 would make a great addition to the Bears this season. Looking at his stats it appears that he improves every season. IF he can continue his physical play and gret passing maybe we see him in Wash 23/24 season.

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