Report: Chase Clark Dealing With Injuries Heading Into 2022-23 Season


The Washington Capitals opened their 2022 training camp on Wednesday with mostly off-ice activities, but will get things going in earnest on Thursday at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. However, training camps for many of the Capitals prospects have been underway for some time now, including for those prospects playing for college teams this season.

Goaltender prospect Chase Clark opened training camp with Quinnipiac earlier this month. Unfortunately the camp has not gone totally according to plan.

In his annual preseason presser on Wednesday, Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold reported that Clark, who did not participate in Capitals rookie camp or main training camp, was dealing with injuries in the lead up to Quinnipiac season.

It should be noted that the Capitals did not invite college prospects to either of their camps, choosing to let them begin their seasons with their college teams.

Clark, 20, committed to playing for Quinnipiac early in the 2021-22 season, which will provide a solid next step in his development. Unfortunately for Clark, Quinnipiac’s number one goaltender, Yaniv Perets (undrafted), committed to return to Quinnipiac this season, which will no doubt impact Clark’s playing time. Perets posted a 1.17 goals against average last season, which broke the NCAA record of NHL All-Star Jimmy Howard (1.19), who set the record with Maine in 2004. Perets was named to the All ECAC preseason team on September 21.

Clark had an excellent showing in the Capitals development camp scrimmage on July 15, pitching a shutout and making numerous notable saves. (More here.)

Clark is a 6’-6” right-handed goaltender from Williamsville, New York. He was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the sixth round (#183 overall) of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. He remains unsigned by the Capitals.

Chase Clark: 2022 Annual Review And Forecast

Clark is a raw talent, but has been impressive in his short time in the Capitals organization. In an era of big goalies, Clark will provide just that, and is currently the tallest netminder in the organization. According to the Buffalo News, Clark grew two inches in the summer of 2020 alone, so he may not be done growing.

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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2 Responses to Report: Chase Clark Dealing With Injuries Heading Into 2022-23 Season

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    Hopefully a short term thing for Chase. I’ve been impressed with his play to date. Kolzig has a very favorable review of him following development camp, saying he was raw, but could be a pretty good netminder. And while playing time might be limited this season, it’s nothing but a positive that he is backing up Perets. He should learn a lot this season.

  2. steven says:

    Nice to hear that we have several tall goalies in the pipeline, although one is unsigned but still looking good.

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