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Capitals release roster, schedule for 2017-18 training camp


Capitals release roster, schedule for 2017-18 training camp

With the players meeting on Thursday for the start of training camp, the Capitals released their full camp roster and schedule on Wednesday.

The 65-man roster will be split into Groups Red, White and Blue for camp. It must be trimmed down to 23 players by Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Here is the full roster:


16 John Albert
19 Nicklas Backstrom
82 Robbie Baillargeon
24 Riley Barber
50 Mathias Bau
83 Jay Beagle
17 Chris Bourque
72 Travis Boyd
65 Andre Burakovsky
39 Alex Chiasson
96 Stephen Collins
10 Brett Connolly
97 Jimmy Devito
71 Kevin Elgestal
20 Lars Eller
66 Dustin Gazley
91 Tyler Graovac
67 Hampus Gustafsson
73 Tanner Jeannot
92 Evgeny Kuznetsov
47 Beck Malenstyn
75 Tim McGauley
76 Garrett Mitchell
54 Mason Mitchell
87 Liam O'Brien
77 T.J. Oshie
8 Alex Ovechkin
14 Anthony Peluso
40 Garrett Pilon
94 Damien Riat
51 Kristian Marthinsen
61 Brendan Semchuk
23 Zach Sill
93 Mark Simpson
42 Wayne Simpson
25 Devante Smith-Pelly
18 Chandler Stephenson
13 Jakub Vrana
79 Nathan Walker
43 Tom Wilson

84 Kristofers Bindulis
22 Madison Bowey
74 John Carlson
4 Taylor Chorney
29 Christian Djoos
36 Connor Hobbs
56 Tommy Hughes
21 Lucas Johansen
3 Jyrki Jokipakka
53 Hubert Labrie
78 Tyler Lewington
55 Aaron Ness
2 Matt Niskanen
9 Dmitry Orlov
44 Brooks Orpik
34 Jonas Siegenthaler
38 Colby Williams
95 Dmitri Zaitsev

81 Adam Carlson
1 Pheonix Copley
31 Philipp Grubauer
70 Braden Holtby
33 Parker Milner
35 Adam Morrison
41 Vitek Vanecek


Kettler will be closed to the media Thursday as the players convene for physicals and testing. Media day and the team's first on-ice session will be on Friday. Group White will practice at 9:30 a.m., Group Red at 11 a.m. and Group Blue at 12:30 p.m.

Here is the full training camp schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 14
NHL players physicals/testing, closed to the media

Friday, Sept. 15
 9:30 a.m. - Group White practice
11 a.m. - Group Red practice
12:30 p.m. - Group Blue practice

Saturday, Sept. 16
 9:30 a.m. - Group Blue practice
11 a.m. - Group White practice
12:30 p.m. - Group Red practice

Sunday, Sept. 17
9 a.m. - Group Red practice
9 a.m. - Group Blue practice
12:30 p.m. - Group White practice

Groups will be adjusted for preseason games and cuts as camp continues

Monday, Sept. 18
10 a.m. - Morning skate
11:30 a.m. - Scrimmage for players not in preseason game
7 p.m. - Capitals at New Jersey preseason game

Tuesday, Sept. 19
9:30 a.m. - Group Blue practice
11:30 a.m. - Group White practice
12:50 p.m. - Group Red practice

Wednesday, Sept. 20
10 a.m. - Morning skate
11:30 a.m. - Scrimmage for players not in preseason game
7 p.m. - Capitals at Montreal preseason game

Thursday, Sept. 21
Day off

Friday, Sept. 22
10 a.m. - Morning skate
11 a.m. - Practice for players not in preseason game
11:15 a.m. - Scrimmage for players not in preseason game
7 p.m. - Capitals vs. St. Louis preseason game

Saturday, Sept. 23
10 a.m. - Morning skate
11:15 a.m. - Scrimmage for players not in preseason game
7 p.m. - Capitals vs. Carolina preseason game

Sunday, Sept. 24
10 a.m. - Group Blue practice
1 p.m. - Group Red practice

Monday, Sept. 25
10 a.m. - Group Blue practice
1 p.m. - Group Red practice

Tuesday, Sept. 26
10:30 a.m. - Group Blue and Red practice

Wednesday, Sept. 27
10 a.m. - Morning skate
11 a.m. - Practice for players not in preseason game
7 p.m. - Capitals vs. New Jersey preseason game

Thursday, Sept. 28
Day off

Friday, Sept. 29
10 a.m. - Morning skate
7:30 p.m. - Capitals at Carolina preseason game

Saturday, Sept. 30
11:30 a.m. - Practice

Sunday, Oct. 1
11 a.m. - Practice for players not in preseason game
2 p.m. - Capitals at St. Louis preseason game

Monday, Oct. 2
Day off


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Caps make 17 cuts Sunday, pare roster to 36


Caps make 17 cuts Sunday, pare roster to 36

The Capitals have made another significant round of cuts, reassigning 16 players to AHL Hershey and releasing another.

Among the players headed to the Bears are: forwards John Albert, Mathias Bau, Chris Bourque, Dustin Gazley, Hampus Gustafsson, Tim McGauley, Garrett Mitchell, Mason Mitchell and Wayne Simpson; defensemen Kristofers Bindulis, Connor Hobbs, Tommy Hughes, Lucas Johansen, Hubert Labrie; and goalies Adam Carlson and Vitek Vanecek.

The club also released forward Stephen Collins.

The highest profile cuts were Johansen, the team's first round pick in 2016, and Hobbs. The Caps have high hopes for the young blue liners, but it’s obvious both will benefit from some seasoning in the minor leagues as they make the leap from junior to the pro ranks.

Hershey’s training opens on Monday.

After taking Sunday off, the Caps will return to practice on Monday with a roster of 36 players—and three preseason games left to sort out the position battles.  

Forwards Riley Barber, Travis Boyd, Alex Chiasson, Tyler Graovac, Liam O’Brien, Anthony Peluso, Zach Sill, Devante Smith-Pelly, Chandler Stephenson, Jakub Vrana and Nathan Walker are left battling for the three available jobs up front.

Meanwhile, defensemen Madison Bowey, Christian Djoos, Jyrki Jokipakka, Tyler Lewington, Aaron Ness, Jonas Siegenthaler and Colby Williams are competing for the two open spots on the backend.

Although some players, such as Chiasson and Walker, have already begun to separate themselves from the others, you can expect the competition to intensify over the next week. The Caps host the Devils on Wednesday, then play at the Hurricanes on Friday and at the Blues on Sunday.

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Did Barry Trotz show us what his fourth line will be to start the season?


Did Barry Trotz show us what his fourth line will be to start the season?

Barry Trotz likes to play his cards close to the vest. With roster battles and lineup holes surrounding the team, there are plenty of questions for the Caps that need answering this preseason. If you look at how Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes ended, however, he may have given us at least one answer.

At the start of the game, Jay Beagle centered a line with Devante Smith-Pelly and Wayne Simpson on his wings. By the end of the game, Nathan Walker was playing on the left with Beagle at center and Smith-Pelly on the right.

"Walker was giving us some energy, he was giving us some speed and I just made that flip," Trotz told reporters after the game. "I just thought Walks was starting to make things happen. His speed was noticeable, his will on the puck if you will was really good. I thought that'd be a good fit. I just moved him over there and I thought he had an effect on the game."

Could that have been a preview of the team's fourth line?


Walker turned in another tremendous performance showing great energy, speed and grit. Despite being 5-foot-8, he still remains a feisty player who could be found at the center of every scrum. He exchanged hits and jabs with the 6-foot-3 Klas Dahlbeck multiple times throughout the game and even drew a penalty on the Carolina defenseman as he drove the net after managing to slip away from a hit along the boards.

"He's one of those hard guys to play against because ... they're on you all the time," Trotz said. "When you can affect the opposition and take them out of their game because the way you play, then you're pretty effective."

That brings us back to the lines. The Caps have not one, but two openings on the fourth line to play alongside Beagle. The fact that Trotz put Walker and Smith-Pelly on that line, two players fighting for a spot in the lineup, could be a preview of what the fourth line may ultimately look like to start the season.

That would be just fine with Beagle.

"It's fun to play with a guy who brings that much energy," Beagle said of Walker. "He's always had that energy and he's always been a little guy who grinds it out and isn't afraid to get in there and get in the corners and wins a lot of battles. He's awesome to play with. He's a lot of fun."

At this point, given how he has played in his two preseason games, it is hard to see how Walker does not make the roster. His energy and style are a perfect fit for what the Caps need on their fourth line. He would be an excellent compliment to Beagle and that has not escaped Trotz's notice.

"I think they might enjoy playing together, but they're effective together," Trotz said. "They get on the puck, they work you over and they tire you out. I'll tell you that."

With other players such as Alex Chiasson, Riley Barber and Anthony Peluso still vying to make the team, it is still too early to tell if this is definitively what the fourth line will look like, but the trio certainly made their case.