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Final thoughts on Caps' development camp

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Our one-week respite from hockey-less summer is now over as the campers from Caps development have scattered throughout the globe. No more organized hockey at K-Plex until September, though the players will start showing up in mid-August for pickup games and workouts.

Here are some final thoughts and leftover quotes from the week that was at summer camp:

* Joked about having all-camp team yesterday, but it is about to become a reality. Tim Leone said I should have a second-team as well, so he’s getting his wish.

FIRST TEAM

F-Mathieu Perreault

F-Michael Dubuc

F-Cody Eakin

D-John Carlson

D-Dmitri Orlov

G-Braden Holtby

SECOND TEAM

F-Trevor Bruess

F-Steffan Della Rovere (might have been higher if not for the injury)

F-Garrett Mitchell (youngest kid in camp)

D-Zach Miskovic

D-Joe Finley

G-Garrett Zemlak

* Miskovic called Caps scout Steve Richmond “The General.” Having him in camp last summer sealed the deal for signing him despite other teams going after him after he led the NCAA in goals by a defenseman.

“This organization has a great development [process] going with both of their other teams winning titles,” Miskovic said. “It shows great depth and great development.”

* George McPhee compared Anton Gustafsson’s play in the first couple scrimmages to the way Nicklas Backstrom played in his one summer camp cameo. He said Gustafsson was too passive and defensive-minded, but young players in Sweden play that way often because it is the only way to get on the ice when playing in the SEL.

Here’s another quote from him about using the camp to find talent:

“We’re trying to find guys who have some upside and can maybe help us in Hershey” he said. “They might even have an outside chance at being an NHL player. We invite them and see how they do, and based on what they do here and maybe there is something there so we continue to watch them.”

* Michael Dubuc on what it is like to expect to be drafted and not have it happen:

“It was rough for me last year. It was the last year I could be drafted and I had a pretty good season in junior. After the draft I was pretty disappointed. I was asking myself what was going to happen and everything. The first call I received was from Washington and they invited me to summer camp last year. I came here and did the best I could and it went pretty well.”

* Mathieu Perreault on his goals for the forthcoming season:

“I would like to have more power play time, more ice time this year for sure. I would also like to get some ice time in the NHL maybe if there are some call-ups.”

* That’s it for now. My “summer” starts today, so don’t expect a lot of updates on here in the coming month or so unless news breaks (like Milan Jurcina’s arb hearing, for instance). It has certainly been a long, wild 10 months. Considering the momentum from how great the 2009 playoffs were and possibly the greatest hockey tournament ever is coming in February, the 2009-10 season is going to have plenty of hype.

After a couple of weeks at the beach and several days on the links, next season will be here in no time.

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