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Tallest, Smallest, Far and Wide: Breaking down the Washington Capitals 2017-18 training camp roster

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Tallest, Smallest, Far and Wide: Breaking down the Washington Capitals 2017-18 training camp roster

On Wednesday the Washington Capitals announced their 65-man squad for their 2017-18 training camp.

As always, their roster features a variety of players. Each of them were broken up in three different squads (White, Red, and Blue) to evaluate. Looking at more than just by position (40 forwards, 18 defensemen, seven goalies), I breakdown the Capitials roster in eventually every way possible based on their basic information.

Thirteen different countries are represented in the Capitals training camp roster. The most popular are Canada (27), the United States (18), Russia (4) and Sweden (4). 

Most obscure country for a Capital? That would have to be Kristofers Bindulis from Riga, Lativa.

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Looking at the Canadian provinces, Washington draws from Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia equally with six players hailing from each.

Locally in the United States, 12 different states are where the 18 Americans call their birthplace. Surprising the most popular is Minnesota with four players and New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania each have two players.

Believe it or not, Wayne Simpson is a player from Georgia, the state not the country, which would seem more viable.

Both Riley Barber and Parker Milner are the closest to their hometown. Of course, both of them are from Pittsburgh… Farthest away? That would be Dmitry Orlov from Novokuznetsk, Russia. His level of homesick is 5,971 miles away.

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In terms of player height, the average is 6-1.

Here are the tallest players on the Capital's training camp roster:
Mathaias Bau, F — 6-7
Tyler Graovac, F — 6-5
Mark Simpson — 6-5
Four others tied at 6-4

Shortest:
Dustin Gazley, F — 5-8
Chris Bourque, F — 5-8
Nathan Walker‚ F — 5-9
Four others tied at 5-10

Size wise, the average weight is 196 pounds.

Here are the biggest players on the Capitals' 2017-18 training camp roster:
Alex Ovechkin, F — 239 pounds
Mathaia Bau, F — 238 pounds
Anthony Peluso, F — 235 pounds
Jonas Siegenthaler, D — 230 pounds
Brooks Orpik, D — 221 pounds

Smallest players:
Christian Djoos, D — 158 pounds
Dustin Gazley, F — 163 pounds
Adam Morrison, G — 170 pounds
Jimmy Devito, F — 170 pounds
Damien Riat, F — 172 pounds

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A majority of the players are in their 20s and 30s, but there are some slight exceptions particularly on the younger side.

Oldest players on the Capitals' 2017-18 training camp roster:
Brooks Orpik, D — 36 years old (9/26/80)
Alex Ovechkin, F — 31 years old (9/17/85)
Jay Beagle, F — 31 years old (10/16/85)
Chris Bourque, F — 31 years old (1/29/86)
Matt Niskanen, D — 30 years old(12/6/86)

Youngest:
Christian Marthinsen, F — 18 years old (8/20/99)
Brendan Semchuk, F — 18 years old (2/21/99)
Garrett Pilon, F — 19 years old (4/13/98)
Beck Malenstyn, F — 19 years old (2/4/98)
Dmitri Zaitsev, D — 19 years old (1/18/98)

Of the 65 players there are 21 players that played with Washington last season. Of the remaining 44 players, 18 saw action in Hershey in 2016-17. Only six players are directly entering the league from playing in college last year.

Eventually the roster will have to be trimmed down to 23 by October 3. Friday is when training camp begins for the 65 prospects.

The last day on the ice will be October 1, two days before the cut-down deadline.

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In just one week, Madison Bowey already looks like a much improved player

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In just one week, Madison Bowey already looks like a much improved player

Madison Bowey’s second game went a lot better than his first and it’s not just because the Caps allowed only two goals as opposed to eight.

Despite being thrust into a significant role in his first taste of NHL experience, Bowey seemed to settle in a bit in his second contest even as it came against the NHL’s best offense in the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“Just everything in the first game felt like it happened so quick, I think,” Bowey said Thursday after the team’s practice. “It was obviously nice to come back in Washington and play in the home in front of the home crowd, get a practice in on Monday before the game Tuesday with the team. Just all the little factors that went into it definitely helped and I think it definitely felt a lot smoother out there on the ice.”

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Playing at home definitely has its benefits for the coaching staff as they try to protect the rookie defensemen. Home teams get the chance to change after the visiting team allowing the coaches to pick the matchups they want for Bowey.

More favorable matchups certainly helped him, but Bowey also seemed to play with more confidence and a level of calm that was not there against Philadelphia. For Bowey, the difference was having time to settle in and practice with the team.

“Obviously this team is one of the veteran teams in the league so to be able to practice against top players in the league, it goes a long way,” Bowey said.

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Bowey was called up for a Saturday game in Philadelphia after Matt Niskanen suffered a hand injury Friday in New Jersey. That means he quickly had to join the team and jump into the lineup for his first ever NHL game without any practice with the Caps at all.

Bowey now has two practices and two games under his belt and even a team-building day at FBI training. The effect that has had on his game was noticeable on Tuesday. It should be even more clear on Friday as the team travels to face the Detroit Red Wings.

“I feel myself improving every day,” Bowey said. “It forces you to really work hard and be on your top every day you come to the rink so for me, just having those two practices already have been huge. I feel the development's getting a lot better early.”

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Game 8: Capitals at Red Wings Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 8: Capitals at Red Wings Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings

Where: Little Caesar's Arena, Detroit, Mich.

When: 7:30 p.m. ET. Coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. ET with Capitals FaceOff.

How to Watch: Capitals at Red Wings will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals at Red Wings game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-RED WINGS GAME?

The Capitals (3-3-1) take on the Red Wings (4-3-0) Friday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Little Caesars's Arena.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-RED WINGS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Red Wings game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Capitals FaceOff gets things started at 6:30 p.m. ET followed by Caps GameTime at 7:00 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington Plus following the game for Caps Extra followed by Caps Overtime and Caps in 30 for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:30 p.m. — Capitals @ Red Wings
10:00 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:30 p.m. — Caps OverTime
 

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-RED WINGS GAME?

The Capitals-Red Wings game, as well as the pre and postgame shows, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

WHAT ARE THE LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-RED WINGS GAME?

Here are the projected lines:

Forwards
Tom Wilson - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Jakub Vrana
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Devante Smith-Pelly - Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson

Defense
Brooks Orpik - Madison Bowey
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Taylor Chorney

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches
Nathan Walker, Aaron Ness, Tyler Graovac (injured), Matt Niskanen (LTIR)

CAPITALS-RED WINGS OPEN THREAD

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