The Washington Capitals released their full 2021-22 training camp roster on Tuesday. Their roster features a mix of NHLers, top prospects and a handful of 2021 draft picks. Camp officially kicks off on Thursday with media day, and players will undergo physicals and off-ice testing Wednesday.
Washington’s roster consists of 30 forwards, 18 defensemen and six goaltenders. They’ll be split into two groups: group A and group B.
There aren’t many openings on the Capitals roster, nor is there a lot of cap space. However, there are players who could make a strong case to crack the lineup this season.
Connor McMichael and Hendrix Lapierre are among the top prospects that will be participating. McMichael could make a run for a roster spot, especially after an impressive AHL rookie campaign that saw him lead Hershey in scoring. He also spent the summer training with Gary Roberts Performance alongside pros like Connor McDavid and Steven Stamkos. McMichael also put on more muscle and looks faster and stronger on the ice.
Martin Fehervary will also likely make the NHL jump this season.
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Lapierre is also a name to watch after a strong year QMJHL’s Chicoutimi Sagueneens, where he dished 1.48 points per game (on pace for 100 points in a full season). The 2020 first-rounder was traded to Bathurst over the offseason. He was among the most vocal and prominent leaders at rookie camp and has grown more confident in his game.
2021 draft picks Vinnie Iorio, Dru Krebs and Haakon Hanelt will also be attending.
Other names to watch include roster hopefuls Aliaksei Protas, Beck Malenstyn, Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Garrett Pilon, Brian Pinho and Michael Sgarbossa. Joe Snively and Shane Gersich could also work their way onto the radar.
The full roster is as follows:
Forwards: Nicklas Backstrom, Kody Clark, Nic Dowd, Lars Eller, Shane Gersich, Carl Hagelin, Haakon Hanelt, Garnet Hathaway, Bear Hughes, Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Kale Kessy, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Hendrix Lapierre, Brett Leason, Beck Malenstyn, Anthony Mantha, Connor McMichael, Mason Morelli, T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Garrett Pilon, Brian Pinho, Aliaksei Protas, Michael Sgarbossa, Conor Sheary, Joe Snively, Daniel Sprong, Riley Sutter, Mike Vecchione, Tom Wilson
Defensemen: Alex Alexeyev, John Carlson, Martin Fehervary, Cody Franson, Tobias Geisser, Martin Has, Vinnie Iorio, Matt Irwin, Nick Jensen, Lucas Johansen, Michal Kempny, Dru Krebs, Dylan McIlrath, Bobby Nardella, Dmitry Orlov, Justin Schultz, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Eddie Wittchow
Goaltenders: Garin Bjorklund, Pheonix Copley, Zach Fucale, Ilya Samsonov, Hunter Shepard, Vitek Vanecek