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\ The Caps will be back at K-Plex tomorrow, and it should be interesting to see them on the main stage while the Colorado Avalanche are practicing at the same time on the second stage. I am not holding my breath for any impromptu scrimmages.\

\ Also, forgot to mention this yesterday but the NHL Central Scouting mid-season rankings were released yesterday. It is funny how six weeks ago Caps fans had good reason to be studying the names at the top of that list, but now it looks like Steven Stamkos and Drew Doughty might not be auditioning for a spot in this organization. A couple of names to point out: Zach Bogosian has moved up to #3 on the North American skaters list. Mike Vogel and I saw him play in person and despite being on a subpar team playing against a very good one, we were both very impressed. The No. 1 rated North American goaltender, Chet Pickard, plays for Olie’s junior team (Tri-City, the same one that also produced Carey Price) so I will be sure to get his scouting report on the kid at some point. \

\ Also, Bengt Gustafsson’s kid, Anton, is the No. 6-rated European skater. No. 1 is Nikita Filatov, and he was pretty impressive for Russia in the WJHC, but the guys at TSN were already wondering if he will suffer an Alexei Cherpanov-type fall on draft day because there is no transfer agreement. The same goes for Viktor Tikhonov, who had the highlight end-to-end rush of the tournament, is ranked No. 8 among European skaters and oh by the way, has a pretty famous grandfather.\

\ — Corey Masisak

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