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Scenes From Washington Capitals Rookie Camp

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ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals rookies were in action ahead of training camp this past week, as Hendrix Lapierre, Vincent Iorio and 16 other prospects took the ice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex for a mini-camp.

Over the course of four days, the Washington rookies got the opportunity to work on skating, defensive battles and forecheck drills, as well as fitness and off-ice work.

“It’s an opportunity as a player to get ready for the main camp, whether it’s on the ice with the cardio side of it, just the skating your mental side of it,” Hendrix Lapierre said. “It’s pretty good to have rookie camp honestly… as a group we did a really good job of building the intensity up and making sure everyone was going 100 percent. I think everyone’s ready for main camp now.”

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All of the rookies in attendance will be at training camp, which kicks off Wednesday in Arlington with off-ice testing and physicals. The first on-ice sessions kick off on Thursday to officially open the preseason.

Not only did the top names stand out, but others like Haakon Hanelt, Dru Krebs, Alexander Suzdalev and Ludwig Persson also made an impact.

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Lapierre is one of several youngsters looking to make their mark and work on transitioning to the next level, and some also have their eyes on a roster spot. Henrik Rybinski is also a player to watch as he enters Year 1 of an entry-level deal after signing as an unrestricted free agent in March.

It will be interesting to see how things play out, especially with the Capitals adding several pieces this offseason.

Here are some sights and scenes from camp:

Editor’s Note: Photos are by Sammi Silber/Washington Hockey Now. Do not use or repost without permission.

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