Instead of facing the Flyers in a one-day prospects game, the Capitals will try something new this September by participating in a four-team, three-game rookie tournament.
The games will take place at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla., from Sept. 12-15, with top prospects from the Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning also participating.
In the past the Caps have alternated between Kettler Capitals Iceplex and the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees N.J., for rookie games. Last year, Caps defensive prospect Madison Bowey struggled in his only scrimmage of rookie camp. This tournament gives each team a longer look at their prospects in game action.
“This is a great opportunity for our prospects to compete against other team’s top young players and for us to evaluate our talent,” said Caps general manager Brian MacLellan in a statement. “We are also excited for the opportunity to bring this tournament to our great fans at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in the near future.”
In all likelihood the agreement between the four teams ensures each club will have the opportunity to host the rookie tournament, alternating from year to year.
Capitals’ prospects will face each of the three other participating teams once during the round-robin portion of the rookie tournament. Both the Consolation and Championship Games will be played on Sept. 15. The Capitals’ tournament roster and further media information will be announced at a later date.
Here is the complete schedule:
Date Opponent Time
Saturday, Sept. 12 Florida at Washington 3 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12 Nashville at Tampa Bay 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 13 Nashville at Florida 3 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 13 Tampa Bay at Washington 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 15 Washington at Nashville 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 15 Florida at Tampa Bay 2 p.m.
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