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While Caps fans continue to monitor his progress, Gustafsson likely will be compared to his father, who compiled 555 points in nine seasons for Washington and now coaches the Swedish national team.

“We don’t talk so much about me as a player,” Anton said. “Sometimes when I was younger he would just say good game or bad game. He wants to be a dad just like everybody else and let the coaches train me to know what to do.

“We’re two different guys. What he did I know he did it well, but I’m not going to do everything the same way. … I hope they didn’t draft me because I am my father’s son. I hope they drafted me because I am a good player.”

Note - The Caps released their 2009-10 preseason schedule Tuesday. Washington plays a game at home and on the road against Buffalo, Chicago and the New York Rangers. The home dates are Sept. 21 (Buffalo), Sept. 23 (Chicago) and a Sept. 27 matinee (New York). The regular-season slate will be announced Wednesday.

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