The Washington Times - September 7, 2011, 03:09PM

Capitals fans desiring a taste of hockey won’t have to wait long now. Rookie camp starts in earnest on Sunday (Sept. 11) and as usual will be free and open to the public at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

The climax of rookie camp will come on Sept. 15 with the annual game against Flyers rookies on Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. This year it will take place at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia; tickets are free and doors open at 3:30.

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Rookie camp is the next chapter in what appears to be a roster battle for one of the final spots between Cody Eakin and Mattias Sjogren. The big Swede appeared to get the better of the shifty yet gritty Canadian center during prospect camp in July, and his physical presence could give him a small edge to make the team.

Below is the Caps roster and schedule for rookie camp. For the Flyers’ camp roster, click here.

Goaltenders

31 Philipp Grubauer

40 Steffen Soberg

78 Brandon Anderson

Defensemen

47 Scott Wietecha*

65 Samuel Carrier

66 Dustin Stevenson

68 Brett Flemming

81 Dmitry Orlov

94 Jimmy Oligny*

97 Tyler Ludwig*+

98 Nick Tabisz

Forwards

33 Mattias Sjogren

49 Stan Galiev

50 Cody Eakin

54 Danick Paquette

61 Mitch Elliot*

63 Garrett Ross*+

73 Luke Lockhart*

76 Garrett Mitchell

87 Samuel Henley*

88 Reid Edmondson*

89 David De Kastrozza*+

95 Thomas Frazee*

96 Taylor Stefishen

* Free agent invitee

+ Was not at July’s development camp

Schedule

Sept. 11: Practice 10:30-11:30 a.m. On-ice testing 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sept. 12: Practice 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Sept. 13: Practice 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Sept. 14: Practice 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Scrimmage 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sept. 15: Rookie game at Philadelphia 5 p.m.