“Summer starts tomorrow” is how Capitals General Manager George McPhee ended the Caps 2011 Development Camp today.  The “Red” team (group B) beat the “White” team (group A) 5-2 in the final scrimmage and took the three game series two games to one.

The “Red” team had goals by Karl Stollery, Reid Edmondson (two goals for the camp), T.J. Syner (had two goals in the game) and Stanislav Galiev (two goals for the camp) with an empty netter.  Mattias Sjogren had two assists on the day and Travis Boyd had an assist and ended the camp with three goals and three assists.

The “White” team had goals by Andrew Cherniwchan (two goals for the camp) and Luke Lockhart.  Garrett Haar had an assist and McPhee said he was “the biggest surprise of the camp.”  The defenseman Haar is only 17 years old and was the Caps 2011 7th round pick in the NHL Entry Draft.  Haar is looking at schools for next fall and mentioned Boston College could be a possibility.  Garrett Mitchell, who will be in the ECHL or AHL next season, had an assist today and ended up with two goals, one assist and a shootout goal in the camp.

My best player in camp though was Travis Boyd who had three goals and three assists in camp.  Boyd is 17 years old, will be attending the University of Minnesota in the fall and was the Caps 2011 6th round pick in the NHL Entry Draft.

My biggest disappointment in camp is Cody Eakin.  Eakin had a lot of expectations surrounding him as he came into his third development camp for the Capitals and Boudreau said he will battle it out with Mattias Sjogren, Mathieu Perreault and Christian Hanson for the final spot on the Caps roster this season.  Eakin had no points in the camp, but did admit afterwards he was out of shape.  Bruce Boudreau said afterwards though, “I’m not disappointed at all in Cody” and says “I think he’ll be better in September.”

The crowd today was standing room only and Kettler Capitals Iceplex was filling up fast over an hour and a half before the scrimmage started.  Bruce Boudreau said of the crowd, “this is totally incredible.”  The Capitals estimated there were a little over 3,000 people at KCI for the scrimmage and Fan Fest. 

Check out what General Manager George McPhee and Bruce Boudreau had to say about the camp, on who stood out and who didn’t, their thoughts on Garrett Haar, Travis Boyd, Cody Eakin and Mattias Sjogren and what the rest of the summer entails for them.

General Manager George McPhee Press Conference

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau Press Conference

Capitals prospects Cody Eakin, Mattias Sjogren, Travis Boyd, Garrett Haar, Danick Paquette, Philipp Grubauer and Brandon Anderson spoke afterwards about the camp, how they thought they did and who impressed them.

Cody Eakin Press Conference Audio

Mattias Sjogren Press Conference Audio

Travis Boyd Press Conference Audio

Garrett Haar Press Conference Audio

Danick Paquette Press Conference Audio

Philipp Grubauer Press Conference Audio

Brandon Anderson Press Conference Audio


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