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.
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.
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
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
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
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)
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.