By Ben Raby
Washington Capitals prospect Filip Forsberg is back in North American this week as members of Swedens National Junior program join junior hopefuls from the United States and Finland in an eight-day camp in Lake Placid, NY.
The Aug. 4-11 camp will see Forsberg and the Swedes play four robin-robin games on an international-sized rink as all three participating countries prepare for the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia.
In Swedens round-robin opener on Monday, Forsberg was held without a point as the Swedes beat USA White 5-1.
Forsberg, who turns 18 later this month signed a three-year deal with the Capitals in July but confirmed at the time that he will spend at least one more season playing professionally in Sweden.
Ill be playing back in Leksand Sweden this year, Forsberg said at the Capitals development camp in July. And then if the Caps want me over, maybe I'll give it a shot. But it's hard to tell a year ahead. We'll see. In one year you can ask me the same question."
The Capitals first-round pick (11th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, is one of six Swedes eligible to return from last years gold medal winning World Junior team.
POSTCARD FROM CAMP:
Caps defensive prospect Garrett Haar (seventh round, 207th overall, 2011 Entry Draft) was teamed with Jacob Trouba on USA Blues top pairing Monday in Blues 5-4 win over Finland Through three round-robin games, Caps defensive prospect Connor Carrick (fifth-round, 137th overall, 2012 Entry Draft) has one assist Caps prospect Travis Boyd (sixth-round, 177th overall, 2011 Entry Draft) has been used primarily as a third line center for USA White and scored in his opening round-robin gameThrough three round-robin games for USA Blue, Caps prospect Thomas DiPauli has been used primarily as a fourth line center. DiPauli (fourth-round, 100th overall, 2012 Entry Draft) is still seeking his first point of the camp.
Check back on CSNWashington.com in the days to come for additional updates on USA Hockeys World Junior camp. The schedule of the camp (and scores of completed games) is included below.
August 4USA White 5-USA Blue 2August 5USA Blue 4-USA White 3August 6USA Blue 5-Finland 4Sweden 5-USA White 1August 7Finland vs. Sweden, 4 p.m.August 8 USA vs. Finland, 4 p.m.August 9USA vs. Sweden, 4 p.m.August 10Finland vs. Sweden, 4 p.m.August 11USA vs. Finland, 1 p.m.