ARLINGTON, V.A. — While the start of 2022 NHL Free Agency — and quite a busy day for the Washington Capitals — took center stage on Wednesday, the prospects were in their own world at MedStar Capitals Iceplex, taking in another busy day of development camp.
Day 3 kicked off with on-ice testing. Players had to skate laps around the rink with coaches recording their time and analyzing their performances. The prospects got a friendly reminder not to cheat, to keep their skates parallel and avoid a head start.
Hendrix Lapierre, Vinny Iorio and more looked strong in the skate tests, as did Ryan Chesley, Martin Has and Haakon Hanelt.
For the scrimmages, the ice was split into three mini rinks, as four teams went head-to-head: Team Red, Team White, Team Orange and Team Green.
It was physical and tense in tight quarters, as players created inches of snow from starting and stopping constantly. Iorio stood out once again, scoring a couple great goals and moving the puck efficiently. Dru Krebs also showed a lot of speed and strong skating as he was able to shut down a couple chances, as did Joaquim Lemay and Has.
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Another player that looked good: Peter Laviolette. He forced quite a few turnovers and also made some big defensive saves in front.
Chelsey also moved well, and cited that camp has been a big learning curve for him personally.
“Just seeing how mature these guys play. The older guys, a lot older than me, more experienced, it’s kind of [about] maturing the game and simplifying it,” he added.
Day 4 will kick off on Thursday with goalies on one rink and skaters on the other, going from 10:15 to 11 a.m. ET. Then, there will be more individual skill and goalie development, along with positional skating work from 3:15-4:45 p.m. ET.