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Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 07/12/2012

Capitals prospect Patrick Wey savors college experience


(Alena Schwarz/Capitals Outsider)
Patrick Wey continues to make the week at Kettler Capitals Iceplex part of his annual summer plans. The 2009 fourth-round pick is back for his fourth consecutive development camp.

For now, the brief glimpse of the professional lifestyle is enough. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound defenseman will return to Boston College for his senior year, hoping to win a third NCAA title before launching his pro career. He will be an assistant captain next season for the Eagles.

“We’ll see what the coaches want me to do,” Wey said, “but I’ll be ready to step up and get more ice time and maybe take a more offensive role if they need me to.”

Wey’s biggest issue has been remaining healthy. He missed more than two months early in his junior season with a severed tendon in his foot — a freak injury that occurred when he was sliced by an opposing player’s skate.

Wey, 21, returned to finish with seven points in 32 games, including a goal and three assists in four NCAA tournament games. The Eagles won 19 straight games to close the season — a run that coincided with Wey’s return to full strength.

That setback continued a string of tough luck for the rugged defenseman. Wey was unable to play on the team’s run to the the national championship during his freshman season because of mono. He has also dealt with a concussion and a broken wrist in recent seasons.

“It was great to get my annual injury over early,” Wey joked. “Yeah, it was great to be a part of the national championship on the ice. I was just so excited to be a part of it.”

Wey has clearly grown comfortable with the camp experience. He arrived at this edition sporting bushy facial hair, and in a media session, he added “Come in with a big beard” at the end of his list of goals for the week.

Not surprisingly, Wey also mentioned being a leader for those new to the process.

“Patrick’s a great player, and he’s helped me out a lot,” said Barry Almeida, Wey’s Boston College teammate and first-time participant. “He knows what he’s doing here. It’s always good to have someone to talk to about camp.”

(Photo courtesy of Capitals Outsider, which also has plenty of development camp coverage this week.)

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