Thursday, September 13, 2007

Flyers Rookies 5 - Caps Rookies 3

The Caps rookies concluded their camp yesterday with a scrimmage against the Flyers rookies. The final score was a 5-3 Flyers advantage. Here are some tidbits from Mike Vogal's coverage from Dump and Chase followed by a bit of my commentary:

"Seven of the rookie camp skaters did not make the trip: defensemen Jamie Hunt and Tyler Sloan and forwards Steve Werner, Andrew Joudrey, Justin Taylor, Tommy Maxwell and Kyle Wilson."

Most of these guys had stints with Hersey last year and I suppose the coaches feel they have enough knowledge on how they perform in game situations.

"It’s 3-2 Philly after two periods. Michal Neuvirth replaced Daren Machesney in goal for Washington at the start of the middle frame. The Capitals dominated the period, particularly in the first half. Washington outshot Philadelphia 16-9 in the second and leads 28-19 overall."

Its good to see the offense actually out shooting the opponent. It only happened in 20 of 82 games last season. Hopefully this is part of the Hanlon system and is a preview for the big club because the more shots we take is that many less taken at our goalie.

"The Caps played much of the third period with just four defensemen. Sean Collins left the game early in the third with was was termed a minor injury. Josh Godfrey went off a few minutes later with a broken skate blade."

More adversity for the Caps, even so they only gave up one even strength goal. Patrick McNeil, Nicklas Backstrom, and Mathieu Perreault scored goals for the Capitals. Its good to see our top rookie get on the scoring sheet.

For the rookies, now is the tough part. They will wait to hear who will get an invite to train with the big boys and who will not.

CapsChick has a gallery of pics from the scrimmage

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