Realistic 2013-14 Expectations for Washington Capitals Rookies

September 17th, 2013 by Dave Ungar Leave a reply »
The Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets played a pretty eventful preseason game Saturday night in the Kraft Hockeyville game at Yardmen Arena—eventful as far as NHL exhibition games are concerned.

While the real winners of the Caps 4-3 shootout win over the Jets were the extremely enthusiastic fans in Belleville, Ontario, the Caps roster was filled with several rookies looking to make a name with the Caps and to warrant future consideration for true roster spots.

The debut of players like defensemen Connor Carrick and Nate Schmidt and forwards Chandler Stephenson and Nathan Walker was documented in the Capitals Dump 'N Chase blog prior to the game taking place.

For those four players, the exhibition game was the first time they would wear a Caps jersey and, as far as they were concerned, not the last.

Several of them played very well. Jack Hillen got the Caps first goal off of a fat rebound from a shot by Walker.

Schmidt set up another Caps rookie, Stanislav Galiev, for the Caps second goal of the game.

Galiev was also one of the four Caps who participated in the shootout along with Alex Ovechkin, Nickl ...

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