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Bryce Harper reveals what hockey team he cheers for...and it's not the Caps

Bryce Harper reveals what hockey team he cheers for...and it's not the Caps

It's easy to forget that professional athletes rarely ever play for their hometown team. We may identify Michael Jordan with Chicago, but he was born in New York and moved to North Carolina. Alex Ovechkin, of course, is a native of Russia and not of Washington, D.C.

Because of that, players often have rooting interests in other teams in other sports, though you rarely ever hear about it. Sure, the Redskins enjoy the occasional visit from Kevin Durant, but for the most part, players keep their favorite teams to themselves so as not to anger the fanbase.

Not Bryce Harper.

Harper took part in a promotion for his hometown hockey team on Saturday and I'm not talking about the Caps.

Harper, of course, grew up in Las Vegas so it is perhaps no surprise to see the city use its native son to drum up interest for the NHL's newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights.

But surely now his loyalty lies with his new hometown and the Caps, right?

Oh....

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Previewing the prospects with Hershey Bears HC Troy Mann

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Previewing the prospects with Hershey Bears HC Troy Mann

We're officially in the dog days of summer.

But that doesn't mean there aren't Capitals topics to touch on.

The summer is the perfect time to take a look at the latest crop of Capitals stars and that begins in Hershey.

On the latest episode of the Capitals Faceoff Podcast, Jill Sorenson and Tarik El-Bashir are joined by Bears head coach Troy Mann, who has led the Bears to two division titles and trip to the Calder Cup Finals in his first three seasons at the helm.

With prospects like Jakub Vrana, Nathan Walker and Madison Bowey getting some much needed experience in Hershey, nobody knows the Capitals top prospects better than Mann.

PROSPECT PREVIEWS: Jakub Vrana | Nathan Walker

LAter in the podcast, Jill & Tarik touch on the offseason, and how they balance vacations with work life. 

The podcast wraps up with a very special shoutout to our Capitals digital producer JJ Regan and his wife, who welcomed their first child into the world last week.

Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe on Apple podcastsAudioboom and Google Play and give us a good review!

For the latest Caps coverage be sure to follow @CSNCapitals@TarikCSN@JillCSN and @JJReganCSN on Twitter.

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Capitals 2017-18 Prospect Preview: Nathan Walker

Capitals 2017-18 Prospect Preview: Nathan Walker

As we skate toward the start of the 2017-18 NHL Regular Season, our CSN Capitals team of Jill Sorenson and Tarik El-Bashir detail and analyze the Capitals roster.

They will take a look at breakout candidates, prospects on the rise, players in need of improvement and a look at the rest of the Metropolitan Division, all leading up to the start of the NHL regular season.

It's time to take a look at which top prospects have the tools to become a full-time NHL player and what they have to do to get the call-up from Hershey.

Our first entry was Jakub Vrana.

Next up is Nathan Walker, who is on pace to become the first Australian to play in an NHL game.

PROSPECT PODCAST: Hershey Bears head coach Troy Mann

YOU CAN WATCH TARIK AND JILL'S FULL BREAKDOWN OF NATHAN WALKER IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE.

2017-18 CAPITALS PROSPECT PREVIEW: NATHAN WALKER

Position: Left Wing
Age: 23
Height: 5-8
Weight:186 pounds
Contract: Two-Way. Two-year, $1.3 Million (2017)
 

AHL Seasons: 4 (202 games)
2016-17 AHL Stats: 58 games, 11 goals, 12 assists
NHL Seasons: 0
2016-17 NHL Stats: None

PREVIEWING 2017-18 BREAKOUT CANDIDATES: Tom Wilson | Brett Connolly | Andre Burakovsky

Tarik El-Bashir's Prospect Preview:
After spending a few seasons in the minors, it looks like Nathan Walker’s time has finally arrived. 

Although nothing is set in stone, the 2014 third-round pick appears to be in good position to skate on the Caps’ fourth line in 2017-18, potentially in the spot previously occupied by Daniel Winnik.  

Walker is listed at 5 foot 8, 186-pounds, but he makes up for that lack of size by playing with a noticeable edge.

In fact, the Australian winger has on more than one occasion referred to himself as a bit of a “pest” on the ice. Indeed, Walker finishes his hits, stands up for his teammates and doesn’t back down. Last preseason, if you recall, he squared up with Andrew Shaw after Shaw plastered fellow prospect Connor Hobbs with a dangerous hit. That fight typified Walker’s game.  

Walker can put up stats, too. Two years ago in Hershey he amassed 17 goals and 24 assists in 73 games.

And it’s that mix of feistiness and offensive upside that makes him an intriguing player—and a solid candidate to lock down a spot on the opening night roster.

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Jill Sorenson's Prospect Analysis:
What He Has:
 "He plays with just a bit of an edge. I look at him and always think 'bulldog.' He's willing to make those sacrifices, go into the hard areas, and net-front pressence is something this team will absolutely need, especially with the loss of Marcus Johannson. He goes into the coach's office and asks about areas he can improve in. He gets it. It works well in that locker room."

What He Needs to Do: "He needs to pace himself. He's the type of guy who needs to be told when to turn the lights out at night."