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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Garrett Haar
From Huntington Beach to Hershey, defenseman Garrett Haar has taken the long road to the pros.
It is safe to say that Washington Capitals prospect Garrett Haar was indecisive last summer.
When Garrett Haar was 3 years old, his parents asked him which sport he'd like to play — football, lacrosse or hockey. He doesn't remember the conversation or agreeing to take the path that included a set of skates, but that's how his hockey career started.
Washington Capitals development camp is hockey in July — a chance for prospects to learn and to impress coaches, scouts and members of the front office. Saturday's scrimmage was the final chance to do that.
On Friday night the Washington Capitals made their biggest impact on the NHL draft by getting out of the first round and picking up a player in Troy Brouwer who can help right away.
"Over the last couple years, I always knew I had to improve my defensive game if I wanted to play at the next level," Haar said. "Coach Johnston and Karl Taylor really worked with me in the defensive zone and made me more of a two-way player. I have gotten stronger in the D corners and I've gotten more aware defensively."
Known for his offensive acumen, Haar said it was his work on the defensive side of the ice that helped land him his first pro contract with the AHL Hershey Bears, who signed him to a one-year contract in June.