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Capitals open prospects camp today

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Capitals open prospects camp today

Fans anxious to see some of the Capitals top prospects will get that chance beginning today when the club kicks off its annual prospects camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington.

First-round draft picks Filip Forsberg and Tom Wilson will be among the prospects participating in the camp, which begins Monday and runs daily through Saturday.

This is the sixth straight year that the camp is being held at Kettler. Past development camps have been held in Odenton, Md., and Hershey, Pa.
All on-ice sessions, including the five intrasquad games, are free and open to the public. On-ice workouts will be held each morning, with intrasquad scrimmages on four of the five days.

Mondays scrimmage is scheduled for 3 p.m., Tuesdays at 2:45 p.m., Thursdays at 3 p.m., Fridays at 9:45 a,m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m.

The camp concludes on Saturday with Fan Fest, a free-to-the-public celebration that features the teams annual equipment sale, interactive games, autographs and public skating.

Below is a roster of this weeks attendees:

17 Chandler Stephenson LW 511 190 42294 Regina (WHL) 2012 Draft
24 Riley Barber RW 511 194 2794 USNDTP (USHL) 2012 draft
28 Jaynen Rissling D 64 223 92193 Calgary (WHL) 2012 draft
38 Garrett Haar D 511 190 81693 W. Michigan University (NCAA) 2012 draft
39 Filip Forsberg C 61 188 81394 Leksand (SWE-2) 2012 draft
40 Steffen Soberg G 511 187 8693 Manglerud (Norway) 2012 draft
43 Tom Wilson RW 63 205 32994 Plymouth (OHL) 2012 draft
45 Cameron Schilling D 62 182 10788 Miami Univ. (NCAA)Hershey (AHL) free agent
49 Stanislav Galiev RW 61 186 11792 Saint John (QMJHL) 2010 draft
51 Patrick Koudys D 62 198 111592 RPI (NCAA) 2011 draft
53 Travis Boyd CRW 510 185 91493 Univ. of Minnesota (NCAA) 2011 draft
54 Greg Burke LW 63 205 5190 New Hampshire (NCAA) 2008 draft
56 Patrick Wey D 62 205 32191 Boston College (NCAA) 2009 draft
58 Connor Carrick D 511 187 41394 USNDTP (USHL) 2012 draft
59 Christian Djoos D 511 158 8694 Brynas Jr. (SWE-Jr.) 2012 draft
62 Thomas Di Pauli LW 511 188 42994 USNDTP (USHL) 2012 draft
72 Caleb Herbert C 510 185 101291 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA) 2010 draft
78 Brandon Anderson G 511 170 71392 Brandon (WHL) 2010 free agent
79 David Civitarese CRW 62 204 62589 Colo. Col. (NCAA)Hershey 2012 free agent
84 T.J. Syner CLW 59 173 101388 U. of Mass. (NCAA)Hershey 2012 free agent
96 Taylor Stefishen LW 60 185 81590 University of Calgary (CIS) 2011 trade
98 Barry Almeida LW 58 183 112088 Boston Col. (NCAA)Hershey 2012 free agent

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Capitals are shaking up the coaching staff in Hershey

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The Hershey Bears

Capitals are shaking up the coaching staff in Hershey

The contracts of Hershey Bears head coach Troy Mann and Bears assistant coach Ryan Murphy will not be renewed for next season, the Capitals announced Wednesday. Hershey finished in last place in the Atlantic Division and did not qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

“Troy is a dedicated and hard-working coach and we appreciate all he has done for the Hershey Bears,” said Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan. “At this point, we feel a fresh approach and a change in leadership is needed in order for us to continue to develop our young players towards the next level and for success at the AHL level. We also want to thank Ryan for his contributions to the Hershey Bears and wish him all the best.”

Just two seasons ago, the Bears under Mann were playing the Calder Cup Finals where they lost in four games to the Lake Erie Monsters. Mann served as an assistant coach for Hershey from 2009-2013 and was hired as the head coach in 2014. He led the Bears to a record of 162-102-22-18 during his tenure, good for sixth all-time among Hershey coaches in wins.

Mann coached several current Capitals players in Hershey including Travis Boyd, Chandler Stephenson, Jakub Vrana, Madison Bowey, Christian Djoos and Philipp Grubauer, among others. Hershey also currently boasts several of the Caps' biggest prospects such as Lucas Johansen, Connor Hobbs, Riley Barber and Jonas Siegenthaler.

Murphy was with the Bears for all four years of Mann's tenure. He started in video development in Mann's first season and was promoted to assistant coach the following year.

“We’d like to thank Troy Mann and Ryan Murphy for their contributions to the Hershey Bears organization,” said Hershey vice president of hockey operations, Bryan Helmer. “While we are looking to move our hockey club forward, today is certainly an emotional day. I had the pleasure of working with both Troy and Ryan behind the bench for two seasons, and consider them to be great people. We wish both all the best in future endeavors.”

Coaching in the AHL is a tough job as coaches are expected to bring the team success while also developing their NHL club's prospects. There are times when the two goals do not necessarily line up which can make it a difficult balance.

Considering how important it is to develop talent from within, AHL coaches are very significant parts of an organization. Getting the right guy in charge of Hershey won't just boost the AHL team, but will help the Caps down the line with developed players.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: And so we meet again

Capitals Faceoff Podcast: And so we meet again

We all knew this was coming, right?

The Capitals will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs for the third consecutive season and for the 11th time in franchise history. Washington has only beaten Pittsburgh once in their previous 10 series. This season gives them the opportunity to get over the second round and Pittsburgh hump once and for all.

Will this year be different? Will the Caps finally take down their arch nemesis? Will they finally advance to the conference final?

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps-Penguins matchup in the Capitals Faceoff Podcast.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page