The Capitals’ rookie camp is set to begin with on-ice workouts Sunday at 10:30 a.m. It’s an interesting year for rookie camp, in the sense that there isn’t a player who is a shoo-in for the NHL roster at the start of the season.
By virtue of the depth already assembled on the roster, and the number of one-way contracts, the Capitals open camp with only one open roster spot, assuming that Tom Poti is on the long term injury list. (This doesn’t account for the possibility of someone playing so well they force the team to make decisions elsewhere, of course.) But more on all of that in tomorrow’s hard-copy edition.
In the meantime, below is a list of players to watch in the coming days and weeks. Even if they don’t start the year in Washington, there’s a good chance you’ll see some of them over the course of the season as call-ups.