Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A Good Day For Scrimmage

The Capitals' prospects will do some time trials and agility stuff this morning. This afternoon will be the intrasquad scrimmage. It's the first of three such contests through out camp pinning Group A against Group B.

Both Groups have had a chance to get a taste of the Caps' system in practices on Monday and Tuesday. Practice can tell the coaches a lot about a player; his work ethic, what he is capable of and more. But there is something about putting these players in a game-like atmosphere. It brings out the competitive side.

Several players that sort of just got by in the practices, but impressed in the scrimmages. One of which was Jake Hauswirth in last summer's camp. He was an unknown when he came to camp. But when the scrimmages started, Hauswirth used his size and good hands to impress both management and fans alike. It eventually led to a contract for him.

Stefan Della Rovere had a similar story. The youngest player on the ice last summer excelled in the scrimmages and now, this summer, he could find a job in Hershey.

The scrimmage is at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, and the puck drops at 3:30pm. I will be doing live tweeting from the scrimmage as soon as I get there this afternoon. Expect a big crowd.

Caps Notes:
  • The NHL came out with the preseason schedule yesterday and the following is the Caps preseason line up:
    TBA @ Buffalo TBA
    Sat. 9/19 @ Chicago 8:30p
    Mon. 9/21 vs. Buffalo 7p
    Wed. 9/23 vs. Chicago 7p
    Thur. 9/24 @ NY Rangers 7p
    Sun. 9/27 vs. NY Rangers Noon

    Do you see something interesting? No Southeast Division teams. Hmmm. The regular season schedule is do out today (7/15) around 3 pm.
  • The first Capitals Convention tickets are on sale and nearly 1,000 tickets were sold in the first hour (according to Caps' PR). More info on how to buy tickets and more about the convention can be found on the Capitals' website.


Grizzled Vet said...


I don't expect to see Della-Rovere in Hershey this year. I'm pretty sure that SDR has to go back to junior if he doesn't make the Caps. He doesn't turn 20 until Feb so is still eligible to play in the CHL.
If my understanding of the CHL-NHL agreement is correct, a player that hasn't reached his 20 birthday by Dec 31st of the current season must be returned to his junior team, unless he plays more than 10 NHL games in that season.

Garrett said...

As always GV, I believe you are correct.