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Prospect Report: Hershey eliminated

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Prospect Report: Hershey eliminated

Hershey update: The season came to an end for Hershey on Friday with their Game 6 loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The loss gave Hartford the 4-2 series win and they now will move on to the Eastern Conference Finals.

It was a disappointing end to a season that saw the Bears finish with 100 points and an East Division championship.

After losing Game 5 in overtime, Hershey added Nate Schmidt and Andre Burakovsky to the lineup for Game 6. Stanislav Galiev also made his first appearance in the series after missing the previous five games with an upper-body injury. Yet, those reinforcements were not enough as the Bears still fell in Hartford 6-3.

Schmidt finished the postseason as the team's leading scorer despite missing two games due to a call-up from the Capitals. He scored four goals and five assists and looks poised for a full-time jump to the NHL next season. Jakub Vrana also impressed with two goals and four assists, his first two career AHL tallies.

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Now with the offseason in full swing for the Caps they must decide what to do with both their NHL and prospect free agents.

Here are all of the Caps' prospects with expiring contracts:

  • Restricted free agents: Brandon Anderson, Chris Brown, Stanislav Galiev, Philipp Grubauer, Garrett Mitchell, Edward Pasquale, Nate Schmidt, Patrick Wey
  • Unrestricted free agents: Chris Conner, Tim Kennedy, Tomas Kundratek, Jon Landry, Mike Moore, Kris Newbury, Steve Oleksy, Cameron Schilling, Casey Wellman

HockeysFuture.com released their list of the Top 50 NHL prospects and three Caps made the list. Vrana came in at 28, Madison Bowey at 23 and Burakovsky at 15.

Bowey added a WHL championship to go along with his World Junior gold medal as the Kelowna Rockets swept the Brandon Wheat Kings to win the Ed Chynoweth Cup. Bowey assisted on the game-winning goal. In 19 playoff games, he recorded seven goals and 12 assists.

Kelowna will now play in the 2015 Memorial Cup, a four-team tournament against the OHL champion Oshawa Generals, QMJHL champion Rimouski Oceanic and host Quebec Remparts.

South Carolina jumped out to a 2-0 lead in their ECHL playoff series against Toledo, winning both games on the road. Caps' prospect Caleb Herbert has two goals and eight assists in 15 playoff games.

Should South Carolina advance to the Kelly Cup Finals, they will face the winner of Allen and Ontario.

RELATED: Brian MacLellan talks buyouts, salary cap and his first year with Caps

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

Barry Trotz is now the head coach of the New York Islanders, a team that missed the playoffs and just lost their franchise player. So how does next season look on Long Island?

In the long summer months, the Capitals Faceoff Podcast will take a look at some of the Caps' competition next season. In this episode, it's the New York Islanders. Brian Compton of NHL.com joins Rob Carlin and Tarik El-Bashir to talk about what Trotz brings to Long Island and what's left to work with.

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

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Monumental announces major improvements for in-game experience at Capitals and Wizards games

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Monumental announces major improvements for in-game experience at Capitals and Wizards games

Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced an overhauled in-game entertainment experience for the 2018-19 Wizards and Capitals seasons on Wednesday. 

These changes include a new DJ stage, new permanent 3D on ice/on court projection system, along with new Wizards and Capitals entertainment squads, as Capital One Arena undergoes $40 million in renovations.

“We are committed to putting on the best show possible for every fan who comes to a game at Capital One Arena,” said MSE President of Business Operations Jim Van Stone.  “So, as we upgrade the facilities at the Arena this summer, we are also upgrading all of our in-game entertainment to keep the experience fresh and on the cutting edge.”

“We’re excited about these new changes to our game entertainment experience,” said Hunter Lochmann, MSE Senior Vice President of Marketing.  “We work hard to create the best, most engaging entertainment experience in professional sports and we hope fans love this new, revamped energy.”

 

Some of the other improvement announced were:

  • Digital signage experience throughout the fully-renovated concourses that will pull fans into an exclusively all-Wizards or all-Capitals team experience each night highlighting player and team imagery on each concourse
  • Sponsored quadrants in the Arena where fans will experience concourse takeovers and can expect special offers and giveaways from sponsors
  • Olympia ice resurfacer bus: groups of fans will be able to take pre-game and intermission rides
  • Award-winning, chef-inspired dining experience featuring options from premiere chefs David Chang, Cat Cora and Alex McCoy
  • A transformed and modernized PwC Club offering some of the best sightlines in the Arena and new 100-level lounge, both featuring top-of-the-line comfort seating and exclusive food and beverage options so fans can gather in style during the games 
  • A new in-bowl broadcasting platform for NBC Sports Washington

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