The NHLPA Rookie Showcase is returning to Arlington, and the Washington Capitals will see Hendrix Lapierre take the ice with several other top prospects on Sept. 6.
Lapierre, along with 2022 No. 1 pick Juraj Slafkovsky (Montreal Canadiens), Shane Wright (Seattle Kraken) and more, will attend the showcase at MedStar Capitals Iceplex.
The Rookie Showcase provides Upper Deck, the trading card partner of the NHLPA and NHL, to capture photos and video of the game’s top prospects and rookies in their NHL gear. Upper Deck will use these photos on trading cards and promo materials.
Here is the full list of attendees:
Yaroslav Askarov (Nashville Predators), Matty Beniers (Seattle Kraken), Matt Boldy (Minnesota Wild), Thomas Bordeleau (San Jose Sharks), Mavrik Bourque (Dallas Stars), Brendan Brisson (Vegas Golden Knights), Brandt Clarke (Los Angeles Kings), Graeme Clarke (New Jersey Devils), Lukas Dostal (Anaheim Ducks), Simon Edvinsson (Detroit Red Wings), Samuel Fagemo (Kings), Dylan Holloway (Edmonton Oilers), Hendrix Lapierre (Capitals), Fabian Lysell (Boston Bruins), Matias Maccelli (Arizona Coyotes), Jacob Perreault (Ducks), Sam Poulin (Pittsburgh Penguins), Owen Power (Buffalo Sabres), Jack Quinn (Sabres), Aatu Raty (New York Islanders), Lukas Reichel (Chicago Blackhawks), Marco Rossi (Wild), Braden Schneider (New York Rangers), Jake Sanderson (Ottawa Senators), Juraj Slafkovsky (Canadiens), Ryan Suzuki (Hurricanes), Shane Wright (Kraken) and Connor Zary (Calgary Flames).
Lapierre, Washington’s first-round pick in 2020, thrived in 2021 and made the most of his second training camp to crack the opening night roster. He also scored in his NHL debut on Oct. 13, 2021, against the New York Rangers. After a six-game trial at the NHL level, the Capitals re-assigned Lapierre to the QMJHL so he could continue his development with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.
Down in the Q, Lapierre had a career year. He broke out for 51 points in 41 games and also made an impact as a leader. He also improved his positioning, shot and several other aspects of his game. The 20-year-old returned to D.C. for development camp in mid-July and led the way as one of the standouts.
Heading into 2022-23, Lapierre still has his sights set on an NHL spot. If he doesn’t make the NHL jump, he will look to impress as he transitions to the AHL’s Hershey Bears.
“I think if I have a camp like last year, I’ll put the odds on my side. If I have to play in Hershey or whatever. I’ll just be ready for whatever I need to do, and I’ll arrive at camp. And whatever happens, happens,” Lapierre said during development camp. “But I just don’t want to have any regrets when I finish camp. But it’s a long time. So right now, I’m just focusing on having fun.”