Capitals Prospect Notebook – Week Ending September 10: Bogdan Trineyev Off To Good Start In KHL, Alexander Suzdalev, Jake Karabela And Ryan Hofer Begin Preseason Games

We are less than two weeks away from the start of Washington Capitals training campCapitals rookie camp is just five days away, with many of the Capitals prospects already making their way to D.C. for informal skates prior to the start of the camp on Thursday.

Prospects who have already made their way to MedStar Capitals Iceplex include Aliaksei Protas, Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Lucas Johansen, Alex Alexeyev, Hendrix Lapierre, Vincent Iorio, Joe Snively and Clay Stevenson. The official roster for next week’s rookie camp is expected to be released in the next 2-3 days.

And while the unsupervised summer days continue to wind down at MedStar, other prospects are in the thick of preseason games and training activities with their junior teams. Here’s the latest Capitals prospect news from this week:

Ryan Chesley and the Minnesota Golden Gophers opened training camp and held their first practice on Friday. The Capitals second round pick in this year’s draft is entering his first season in the NCAA. Sources tell NoVa Caps that the 18-year-old defenseman will be on hand for next week’s rookie camp.

Bogdan Trineyev continues to start at left wing on the fourth line for KHL’s Dynamo Moscow. He’s recorded two assists (his first points in the KHL – tied for team high in assists) in four games, all in limited 4th line minutes. Trineyev remains on pace to report to Hershey at the end of the KHL season (March) and be a full-time resident of Choclatetown next September.

Alexander Suzdalev continued workouts and intrasquad games with the Regina Pats, who opened preseason games on Friday night. Suzdalev started at left wing on the top line on Friday night, in a game which saw phenom Connor Bedard a healthy scratch. Suzdalev would dent the twine early in third period.

Suzdalev scored a pair of goals in the team’s rookie scrimmage at the beginning of the week. His second goal came on a penalty shot that showed off a bit of his one on one inventiveness. More on Suzdalev’s week here.

Long time no see! Also from Regina Pats camp, former Capitals prospect Connor Hobbs made an appearance on Regina Pats social media earlier in the week. Hobbs, drafted by the Capitals in the 5th round of the 2015 draft, retired from professional hockey back in 2020.

Jake Karabela and the Guelph Storm played their fourth OHL preseason game on Friday night against the Oshawa Generals. Karabela moved from the top line to the second line for the game and would score late in the third period to tie it, 3-3.

The 18-year-old is beginning his second season with the Storm. He is also expected to attend Capitals Rookie Camp next week.

Joaquim Lemay and the Nebraska-Omaha opened training camp this week. Lemay, 20, is entering his first season of collegiate hockey. The Capitals fourth round draft pick in 2021 is also expected to attend Capitals rookie camp next week.

Ryan Hofer and the Everett Silvertips opened their 2022 preseason schedule on Friday night. Hofer started the game centering the first line.

The Silvertips wrapped-up training camp this past weekend with an intrasquad scrimmage. The game was highlighted by a standout performance from veteran (free agent cc: Capitals) ’02-born forward Jackson Berezowski, who netted a pair of goals in the game. Hofer also played well, recording a goal and two assists on a line with Berezowski and ’06-born forward Jesse Heslop, who also had a goal and two helpers.

“The competition is healthy,” noted Hofer after the game. “Everyone’s working their hardest. The atmosphere and the culture with the Silvertips shows and everyone was going as hard as they can. It was a good game.” More on Ryan Hofer here.

Dru Krebs and the Medicine Hat Tigers opened preseason action on Friday night at the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Krebs was not in the lineup.

Oskar Magnusson began the preseason at left wing on the second line for AIK, but was been dropped to the third line for the last couple of tuneups. He did score in their last pre-season game, so maybe things are starting to get going for Magnusson.

By Jon Sorensen

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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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6 Responses to Capitals Prospect Notebook – Week Ending September 10: Bogdan Trineyev Off To Good Start In KHL, Alexander Suzdalev, Jake Karabela And Ryan Hofer Begin Preseason Games

  1. Anonymous says:

    It will be interesting to track Suzdalev in games he plays without Bedard. That will be a better gauge of how he is doing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Trineyev looking like a late round find so far.

  3. Lance says:

    Looks like we have a good bunch of Caps prospects to follow this year.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for all the work you guys do on the prospects. Truly a one-of-kind resource.

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