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Topic - Connor Carrick
Rookie defenseman Patrick Wey will make his NHL debut tonight when the Nashville Predators visit the Capitals at VerizonCenter [7 p.m. CSN].
Three Americans and two Swedes are among the Caps prospects bidding for spots in the World Junior Championships.
The Capitals have used 11 different defensemen this season. Patrick Wey could be their 12th.
The Capitals surrendered three unanswered goals in the third period to lose 6-4 to the Chicago Blackhawks in the season-opener Tuesday. They almost spoiled the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup banner-raising celebration, but Washington's defense failed to make Mikhail Grabovski's hat trick and the team's three power-play goals stand up.
The Capitals and top prospect Tom Wilson face a dilemma. At 6-foot-4 and 217 pounds now, Wilson appears physically ready for the NHL at just age 19. But if it's apparent during training camp in September that his game still needs seasoning then Wilson must get it in the Ontario Hockey League, where the best teenage players in North America ply their trade.
This is a whole new deal for Adam Oates, and he conceded feeling some butterflies. He's familiar with the Washington Capitals from his playing days, but development camp this week provides his first opportunity to be on the ice as an NHL coach.
In the interview room at Consol Energy Center on Day 2 of the NHL draft last month, Thomas Di Pauli and Austin Wuthrich shared a hug and brief congratulations. Taken seven picks apart, it was fitting that the teammates with the U.S. National Team Development Program got to see each other in matching Washington Capitals jerseys.
"[The NHL] is a man's league, it really is," Carrick said.
"[Wilson is] very effective as a power forward. There's no secret," said defenseman Connor Carrick, a Plymouth teammate last season and a fellow 2012 Capitals draft pick who is also at development camp this week. "The OHL in general is a bigger, meatier league. It just is. So he is a force. He is big. But a lot of teams have those guys."