This morning the Capitals kicked off their 2009 rookie camp with a spirited two-hour session that didn’t lack for entertainment on a Labor Day Monday. It didn’t provide much in the way of hints about who’s up and who’s down, but it was something of a “get acquainted” session. As in, get acquainted with skating… lots of it. Some snippets…
Semyon Varlamov and Braden Holtby manned the nets for the inaugural session, Michal Neuvirth being held out of this one.
Let it be said that Kevin Schmidt was fingered to do the first lap of camp for being tardy to the chalkboard when called by coach Bruce Boudreau.
Joe Finley started the morning at forward, but he did not return to the ice after an intermission to resurface the ice. Apparently, he took an injury in the opening session.
Anton Gustafsson paid homage to Tiger Williams upon his return to the ice after the resurfacing intermission, riding his stick across the ice to the players’ bench. On the heels of that video he did a short while back, we're thinking YounGus lives in his own world.
Stefan Della Rovere did not appear in today’s drills, apparently nursing an injury of his own.
We took some snapshots of the proceedings, and here are some scenes…
Coach Evason wondering why his number isn't hanging down at the other end with Labre, Hunter, Gartner, and Langway
Zach Miskovic, wearing the equivalent of a "KICK ME" sign on the back of his helmet
Arturs Irbe chatting with Semyon Varlamov during drills
...and more chatting...
Your turn, Holtby...Archie seems to have that whole "hands on" thing down with the goalies.
Joe Finley towers over his teammates...it was the last Finley sighting of the day.
Why is John Carlson wearing Alexander Semin's gloves? Maybe he thinks he can find an extra dozen or so goals in them.