ARLINGTON, V.A. — The informal skates and countdowns to the preseason are over, as the Washington Capitals will take the ice for training camp on Thursday. And on Tuesday, the team announced its official roster for the camp.
There are be 68 players on the roster to open training camp, including 42 forwards, 20 defensemen and six goalies. The roster will have to be cut down to 23 players by Oct. 12, when Washington opens the campaign against the Boston Bruins.
To open camp, those players will be split into three groups: Groups A, B and C.
Camp unofficially opens Wednesday with off-ice testing and physicals. Here is the full roster:
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There are some injured names. Nicklas Backstrom continues a lengthy rehabilitation from hip resurfacing surgery this summer. He is still determined to return at some point in 2022-23. Tom Wilson will also not be on the ice to open camp as he continues his recovery from ACL surgery. Per The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir, both will be back on skates for photoshoots but are not taking part in on-ice work. Backstrom is making progress off the ice, and Wilson is “ahead of schedule” in his recovery.
Ivan Miroshnichenko, the Capitals’ 2022 first-round selection, will not attend training camp. He was in the DMV in mid-July for a couple of days of off-ice work at development camp, but he has been back in Russia since then. Miroshnichenko has been gaining muscle back and has been skating and working on ice, but he hasn’t been medically cleared to play in games yet. Once he gets that clearance from the KHL, he will play with Avangard Omsk and begin his KHL contract.
While Alex Alexeyev is also dealing with an injury, he will be taking part in camp. The 22-year-old blueliner had shoulder surgery in June, but he has been back on the ice and taking part in informal skates in a powder blue non-contact sweater.
Meanwhile, all of the prospects who took part in rookie camp will be in attendance. That includes Hendrix Lapierre and Vincent Iorio, as well as Alexander Suzdalev, Haakon Hanelt, Peter Laviolette III and more.
Day 1 will start with the infamous skate tests and workouts at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. Here’s what the schedule looks like to open camp: