With the Washington Capitals eight days into training camp, the team has cut its roster down to 48, and the NHL picture is getting clearer.
Washington re-assigned defenseman Vinnie Iorio to the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings for 2021-22. That leaves 27 forwards, 15 defensemen remaining at camp and five goals remaining at main camp.
Iorio made his NHL preseason debut with the Capitals on Wednesday in the team’s 5-4 loss to New Jersey. He skated on the second pairing alongside Michal Kempny, who is still re-adjusting to game action after injuries to his left leg. Iorio recorded two hits, one block, one giveaway and a plus/minus rating of minus-1 in 14:19 minutes of ice time.
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The 6-3, 191-pound blueliner was the last 2021 draft pick remaining at camp following Tuesday’s cuts. He had a strong showing at rookie camp and got to skate alongside Dmitry Orlov and more in the team’s training camp.
Washington took him with their first selection of this year’s draft at No. 55 overall. He’s known for a strong shot, smooth skating and solid play in all three zones.
In 22 games with Brandon last season, Iorio dished seven goals and 12 points and was a minus-8.
Here is the updated Capitals roster heading into the rest of camp. There are no 2021 draft picks remaining. Among the defensemen remaining: Alex Alexeyev, Cody Franson, Tobias Geisser, Lucas Johansen, Dylan McIlrath, Bobby Nardella, Eddie Wittchow.