There was a high level of shooting throughout the morning, in all different types of situations. Two on nones, one on none, three on one, point shots, whatever. It was all there.
The Capitals staff was also focusing on one on one defending and attacking. Skaters would go along the boards against defensemen and work out of the corners. The goalies certainly saw plenty of action.
Other Notes and Observations
- Connor Carrick was in full gear. Carrick was a participate last season in the Development Camp. As a player who saw a decent amount of time in the NHL, he doesn't necessarily need a full development camp. On the other hand, he's 20, and could still use a lot of work. Carrick's primary focus was just testing out a few things. It was the plan for the get go to have him start late in the week. He is familiar with several of the players, both through the 2013 Development Camp and the United States Hockey League, so he fit right in without missing a beat. It's good to see Carrick out there.
- One of the more impressive players, in my opinion, has been Michal Cajkovsky. In the one v. ones today, whether it was in the corners or skating up the ice, Cajkovsky was not getting beat. He was frequently going up against Andre Burakovsky and Jakub Vrana, in some instances right in a row, and they would not beat him. Cajkovsky played primarily in the ECHL for the Reading Royals, and led Royals defensemen in goals and assists, with 14 and 22, respectively. Now, obviously the Caps don't need an offensive defenseman, but Cajkovsky is 6'4" and 229 lbs., and he was very clearly using his strength to his advantage all throughout the day. He's signed a contract with the Hershey Bears, but if Cajkovsky continues to use his size and strength to his advantage, he could be a great original free agent grab.
Above is the press conference for Cajkovsky. Feel free to skip the first minute or so if you'd like to ignore CSN's Chuck Gormley's literally moronic babbling. Actually don't skip it, it's hilariously bad.
-Last year, four Development Camp participants saw time in the NHL. If a similar success rate rings true for this camp, it very well could be Chandler Stephenson. He is a very intelligent player, and good in the corners.
- Mitch Korn and Olaf Kolzig are working the goalies hard during camp. Korn has coached very successful goaltenders, and the way the Capitals have been aggressive in targeting goaltenders for the organization, most recently inking up Edward Pasquale after acquiring him in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets, the Caps seem to know exactly where every goaltender fits within the organization. There is a lot of potential within the young group. If Korn and Kolzig create a logjam of talent, it can benefit the organization in multiple ways.
- Thomas Di Pauli still has a long way to go in his hockey career. He's still playing for Notre Dame, but he is a powerful skater with a little bit of an edge. He may not have the skill set to develop into a bonafide NHL player, but he seems to fit the mold for a tenacious type of player. If he plays with an attitude, he could see more time in the NHL.
The Capitals 2014 Development Camp continues through the week, ending on Saturday with Fan Fest. More information about the camp can be found here.