Today was our last full day at the Capitals Development Camp. We started the morning with an ice session. Today’s practice was focused on power play, penalty kill, and face-offs. We got to learn exactly what makes the Capitals’ power play one of the most lethal in the NHL. At the end of the skate, Group "A" was divided into 2 teams and we played a 10 puck-shootout game. It was a nice way to end our last practice of the week, and I know all the guys had fun with it.
Following the ice session, we headed to the track for an off-ice workout. We worked on different plyometric exercises for our explosiveness and we also performed 20-yard sprints with a weighted sled. It was an extremely hot and humid day so we did not spend too much time outside.
After getting back from the track, each player had individual meetings with different members of the Caps Coaching and Scouting staffs. It was good to get feed back from the Capitals’ staff on how you did and what you need to continue to work on to make it to the professional level.
In the afternoon, all the prospects loaded a bus and headed downtown for a tour of the US Capitol. For many of the guys, it is there first time to Washington D.C and it was very cool to see their reaction to Capital Hill. Even though I have been to the US Capitol before, I definitely feel that you learn something new every time you go there. Our tour lasted about an hour and then we returned to the hotel, and everyone fanned out for dinner.
The rest of the night we have off. Since it’s the last night here, the guys will probably just hang out together and then get some good "shut eye" before our final scrimmage tomorrow morning! One more final blog on Saturday…