Five Caps prospects invited to WJC camps

Five Caps prospects invited to WJC camps
December 6, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Caps week in review: 12.4.13

Rookie right wing Tom Wilson will not be joining Team Canada in Malmo, Sweden for the World Junior Championships Dec. 26-Jan. 5, but that doesn’t mean the Capitals will not be well represented.

Defenseman Connor Carrick and forwards Riley Barber and Thomas DiPauli were among the 26 players named to the preliminary roster for Team USA, while forward Andre Burakovsky and defenseman Christian Djoos have been invited to Team Sweden’s camp.

Both teams will conduct training camps before paring their rosters down to 23 players for the U.S. and 22 players for Sweden.

Carrick, 19, played three games with the Caps before getting assigned to the Hershey Bears. In 13 games with the Bears the native of Orland Park, Ill., has four assists and 15 penalty minutes.

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Barber, 19-year-old native of Pittsburgh, is a sophomore at Miami University [Ohio], where he ranks tied for first on the team in goals [10] and points [24]. Barber, a right wing, was drafted by the Caps in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL draft.

DiPauli, 19, has one goal in six games with Notre Dame this season. The Woodbridge, Ill., native was drafted by Washington in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.

Burakovsky, 18, is off to a strong start with the Erie Otters of the OHL. In 27 games the left wing has 19 goals and 20 assists for 39 points. He ranks first in the OHL in game-winning goals [5], tied for fourth in power-play goals [9] and tied for eighth in goals [19]. Burakovsky was drafted by the Caps in the first round [23rd overall] of the 2013 NHL draft.

Djoos, 19, has skated in 26 games with Brynäs IF of the Swedish Hockey League, recording one assist and four penalty minutes. Last season, Djoos ranked second among Brynäs IF defensemen with eight points [2 goals, 6 assists] in 47 games. The Gothenburg, Sweden, native won a silver medal with Sweden at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. He was taken by the Caps in the seventh round of the 2012 draft.