Highlights From Day One Of Washington Capitals 2023 Training Camp


The Washington Capitals held their first day of on-ice activities for 2023 training camp on Thursday. Here are a few of the highlights from Day 1 of camp:

The Skate Test

The first group included Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Nic Dowd, John Carlson and Anthony Mantha. [No video].

The second group was Beck Malenstyn, Aliaksai Protas, Matthew Phillips, Ivan Miroshnichenko and Rasmus Sandin. Protas, Phillips and Malenstyn were the top 3.

Then went Alex Limoges, Dylan McIlrath, Mike Sgarbossa, Aaron Ness and Hardy Haman Aktell. Limoges led the pack for the first go around.

No video, but Tom Wilson demolished the skate test and was very very strong. Evgeny Kuznetsov on the other hand, not so much. Though he may have been (later confirmed) injured. 

Work on Breakouts

Ovechkin, Backstrom and Mantha were on a line today, and Carlson and Sandin were on a pair. Might be a potential line to start the year.

Ovi’s shot is still very much elite, and he was skating with Ivan Miroshnichenko, who is using the great-8’s stick. The future looks bright for Miro.

They switched it up with some light pressure on the breakout.

Then they flipped back to the other rink for high-speed forecheck and breakouts. This was when the pace really started to pick up.

Here was a nice give and go between Dowd and Protas, but Kuemper said no. I thought it was Malenstyn initially.

Here is an isolation video of Backstrom. Looks very smooth with his turns and strides. That is huge.

Finally the “A” squad ended with a 3v3. The red team ended up winning thanks to Sandin winning a board battle. He looked good today.

Here are some extra 3v3 videos. Kuemper with a couple of big stops.


Content from today

John Carlson on What the Capitals Must Do This Upcoming Season: “I Think We Got To Move The Puck Way Better—There’s Too Much Skill To Be Slowing The Game Down”

Evgeny Kuznetsov Poised For Bounce-Back Season: “I’m Gonna Try To Help The Team To Be Successful”

Nicklas Backstrom Feels “Way Better” After First Day Of Capitals 2023 Training Camp

Alex Ovechkin Changed-up Training During 2023 Off-season

Capitalizing on Opportunity: Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan Emphasizes Clean Slate For Team In First Training Camp Under Spencer Carbery

“That’s A Pretty Special Captain”: Spencer Carbery Analyzes His First Day of Training Camp As Head Coach of the Capitals, First Impressions of Alex Ovechkin

By Jacob Cheris

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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3 Responses to Highlights From Day One Of Washington Capitals 2023 Training Camp

  1. Anonymous says:

    Trade Mo for Tyler M

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Alex, Nick, Alex line was the Capitals best in team history.

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