The Washington Capitals will begin their annual evaluation of the young prospects in their system July 7 during the 2014 Prospect Development Camp, which will run from July 7-12 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The on-ice sessions and intrasquad contests are free and open to the public.
The rosters have not officially been finalized, but fans can expect to see 2014 draft picks Jakub Vrana, Vitek Vanecek, Nathan Walker, Shane Gersich, Kevin Elgestal and Steven Spinner on the ice for the first time as Capitals.
The camp consists of on- and off-ice workouts to help Washington's prospects improve their games and allow the Capitals' coaching staff to evaluate their progress, a seemingly necessary step given the overhaul of the team's brain trust.
Along with the team's most recent draft picks, other names on the roster who bear watching include right winger Riley Barber, a sixth-round pick in 2013 who was named captain of the U.S. National Junior Team and starred for Miami University during the 2013-14 season; center/winger Andre Burakovsky, who racked up 87 points during 57 games for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League last season; and Swedish defenseman Christian Djoos, who played well in the elite Swedish Hockey League.
In addition, several undrafted and free-agent amateurs will fill out the rosters, with intrasquad games occurring later during the week. On July 12, the team will hold its Fan Fest, featuring a scrimmage, equipment sale and autograph sessions with Capitals head coach Barry Trotz and some of the prospects in camp.