Between development camp, World Juniors and more, the Washington Capitals have seen quite a bit from their prospects this offseason. And heading into training camp, the team has seen a lot from Hendrix Lapierre, who has been making the most of his summer as he aims for a jump to the pros in 2022-23.
Lapierre has been training at Hockey Etcetera in his home province of Quebec and playing in the Living Susu Hockey League on Tuesdays. The league is a 3-on-3 league featuring several fellow pro players, including current and former teammates Anthony Mantha, Zach Fucale and Daniel Sprong. Other NHLers, including Nick Suzuki, Josh Anderson, Pierre-Olivier Joseph and more, also play in the league.
So far, Lapierre has thrived, showcasing his skill and proving that he can be a high-impact player. He ranks 12th in the men’s 3×3 league in scoring with four goals and 10 assists in just three games so far. The 19-year-old also had a highlight-reel tally this past week, going coast-to-coast and dangling before netting a spectacular goal.
Not only has he been making the most of his training at Hockey Etcetera, but he also had an impressive development camp as one of the Capitals’ standouts. Lapierre was a vocal leader at camp and impressed in most of the drills, showcasing his improved skating, speed, quick hands and an improved, confident shot. He also had a great goal and assist in Washington’s scrimmage at Capital One Arena.
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Lapierre cracked the Capitals opening night roster last season following an impressive rookie and training camp. He also scored his first NHL goal in his debut. However, after a six-game trial, Washington re-assigned the 2020 first-rounder to the QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan to allow him to continue his development rather than watch from the press box. There, Lapierre managed a career year with 21 goals and 30 assists for 51 points in 40 games.
As for next season, he is set on making the pro jump and also wants to make another run for the NHL. Taking that into account, he has worked on specific areas of his game, from consistency to positioning. And ultimately, he thinks that will give him a better chance of getting to where he wants to be.
“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. “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 with the boys here and just really enjoying the experience.”