A source with the Washington Capitals tells NoVa Caps that the team will hold a “rookie camp” (date/location-TBA) before the Capitals open training camp in September, but will not participate in a rookie tournament in advance of the 2022-23 season.
Prior the pandemic, the Capitals often participated in four-team prospect tournaments as a tuneup before the team’s regular season training camp. The Capitals last participated in a prospect tournament with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators in Nashville, Tennessee back in September of 2019.
The Capitals sustained several injuries at the end of the 2019 tournament. Top defensive prospect Alex Alexeyev was injured by a questionable hit in the last tournament game against the Nashville Predators prospects on September 8, 2019. He would miss the following two weeks before returning to skating on September 21.
#CapsProspect Alex Alexeyev would go down at the conclusion of the second period. He would eventually be helped from the ice, but walked to the room under his own power. Caps-Preds tied 1-1 after two periods. pic.twitter.com/GGXGEmgb5E
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) September 8, 2019
The Buffalo Sabres will be hosting a prospect tournament with prospects from the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils from Sept. 15 to 19 at LECOM Harborcenter in Buffalo.
The Detroit Red Wings have also announced that they will be holding their own prospect tournament with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues.
It is expected that the Capitals will open their regular training camp some time around the third week of September, so it’s likely the rookie camp will take place the week prior.
By Jon Sorensen