Ten Notes From Day 1 of Development Camp

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Posted June 28, 2017

(Left to right: Mark Simpson, Adam Carlson, and Sheldon Rempal)

Capitals development camp kicked off Tuesday at Kettler Iceplex in Arlington. Here are ten notes.

10: Axel Johnsson-Fjallby still has sweet hockey hair. Perhaps a shampoo endorsement is in his future.

Axel Jonsson-Fjallby listening to drill instructions

9: Jared Shafran, the voice of the South Carolina Stingrays is talkative in Ubers even at 5:00 am.

Adam Carlson on his favorite road trip memory of Shafran: “We got back to the hotel around midnight, we didn’t get to bed until 1:30, just hanging out in the hotel. We had to get up at 5:00 in the morning to take an hour and half Uber from just outside Fort Collins to Denver, and that was an absolute grind. It was only three of us, (Jared), me, and Steven McParland. Jared was talking in my ear the whole time, and the only thing I wanted to do was sit there and sleep, Jared just sitting there chatting away like he does.”

8: Brett Connolly‘s deal is still not official. Despite the report from Bob McKenzie, there has not been an official release from the Caps. I would not read too much into it.

7: Olie Kolzig and Brent Johnson look weird not wearing goalie pads.

6: Coco [the Bears mascot] is good at cornhole. Coco challenged me to a round of cornhole during fanfest. Let me just say I need more practice before I go off to college.

Coco playing cornhole

5: Caps fans PACKED Kettler for the alumni game.

4: SALE! SALE! SALE! The team store at Kettler has massive sales as the NHL moves towards ADIDAS.

3: I’ve fooled around a lot with CapFriendly’s “armchair GM” function, the Caps might make a trade to acquire a top 4 defenseman, rather than look for that whole to be filled via free agency. Cap space is just too tight, I think.

3: Troy Mann said Madison Bowey and Christian Djoos could both see time in the NHL this season. They could both be battling one another for a spot in the opening night lineup,

2: Up front, it seems like Nathan Walker will “replace” Daniel Winnik. Mann had high praise for him. He was going to earn an NHL call up this year but he injured his wrist.

1: Lucas Johansen eats. He eats a lot. If all the world’s chickens disappear, we may know the culprit.

Honorable Mention: Craig Laughlin and Peter Bondra are a force to be reckoned with in alumni games.