ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals hit the ice early, with all skaters on the ice at 9 a.m. sharp. Coaches were setting up laser gates for skate tests to open Day 3. However, due to a malfunction with the cameras and gates, the rookies got out of the testing, as cones were set up instead for more drills and skating work.
Still, fitness was a priority, and the rookies were still in for quite a bit of work.
The day consisted of skating through cones and 1-on-1 drills, along with more work on shooting and rushes up and down the ice. And when it came to skating, there were a few names that stood out after Henrik Rybinski and more stole the show on Day 2.
Hendrix Lapierre and Vincent Iorio were all in on the drills, going hard in the 1-on-1 drills and not shying away from contact. Despite their tight-knit friendship off the ice, both were physical and aggressive while competing against one another. Lapierre and Iorio were also in high spirits, sharing laughs, combining for a couple of goals, leading by example and also showcasing their moves.
Another name that established himself on Sunday: Martin Has. The 2019 fifth-rounder showcased his skating ability and speed and was also physical on the backcheck. He is coming off a strong rookie season in the QMJHL with the Shawinigan Cataractes that saw him dish eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 57 games while also playing top-4 minutes. The Cataractes also won the President’s Cup this season.
Head coach Peter Laviolette was also there to watch the rookies in action and take in the mini-camp ahead of this week’s upcoming training camp starting Thursday.
Here are some other notes from today’s session:
- Clay Stevenson came up with quite a few impressive saves.
- Ethen Frank can really skate. He is great on his edges and has a lot of speed.
- Brooks Orpik was on the ice helping coach the youngsters on Sunday.
- After the skate, the rookies went for body fat testing.