The Washington Capitals begin training camp for their 2023-24 campaign in just seven days. As a result, most of the term has already joined informal skates with more key figures arriving this morning. Sonny Milano, Martin Fehervary, Anthony Mantha, Rasmus Sandin, Connor McMichael, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Charlie Lindgren all returned to MedStar Capitals Iceplex ahead of training camp.
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Milano is looking to be a more consistent and versatile forward heading into his second season with Washington. He made an immediate impact when he arrived in D.C., but started to cool off in the month of January.
Fehervary signed a three-year, $8.025 million contract extension over the offseason. The smooth-skating Slovak had 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 67 games, one point shy of his career high. He struggled in his own end last season with a minus-11 rating.
Speaking of guys struggling, Mantha is heading into one of the most important seasons of his career. So far, he has not lived up to his own standards and the organization’s expectations of him. Mantha only scored 11 goals last year in 67 games, but hopes to bounce back under Capitals head coach Spencer Carbery.
Sandin is heading into his first full season with the Capitals with a lot of expectations. After serving as a third-pair guy for the majority of his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Sandin looks to be a consistent top-pair rearguard for Washington this season.
McMichael is looking to crack a full time roster spot and be consistent in the lineup. The young forward only played six games last year and did not have a single point. Once he was sent down to the minors, he was a critical piece in the Hershey Bears’ Calder Cup run.
TvR has been a vital third-pairing defenseman since he made his Capitals debut back in 2020-21. Van Riemsdyk had a phenomenal season last year setting career-highs across the board with 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) and stepped up large when the Caps were dealing with the injury bug.
Lindgren was an outstanding No. 2 all season and was a critical piece during the Capitals’ December surge, when Darcy Kuemper was dealing with an injury. Lindgren finished last season going 13-11-3 in 26 starts and 31 appearances. He also led the NHL with nine wins in December.
By Jacob Cheris