As the title says, the Washington Capitals development camp was not only for the players this year. With only 1 hold over from last years coaches squad, Blaine Forsythe, was still a new guy to everyone else, as was everyone else to each other. Even a new General Manager, Brian MacLellan, is new to the party in his new title.
Barry Trotz was brought in to take the place of Adam Oates, and with that came a series of changes behind the bench with guys that Trotz new or wanted to work with. Trotz brought in defensive minded coach Todd Reirden from Pittsburgh, a familiar face in Lane Lambert, his offensive minded guru from Nashville.
The developmental camp was mainly for the players and is usually the focus every year, but this year the Capitals coaching staff not only had to get to know the players within the system that were already in place, but the players that they just drafted as well as themselves. They have to be on the same page in order to work as a functional group.
“I thought the chemistry and the work ethic of everybody was exceptional and real focused,” Trotz said. “We actually got a lot done in a short time.”
In a low-stressed environment, the new Capitals coaching staff, was able to get together, talk, get on the same page and get to know each other in a short period of time.
“I think when you’re talking about plans for your season, it’s great for us to get on the same page with our entire staff this week,” said Reirden, the defensive assistant who came from Pittsburgh. “I think it’s also good to watch some hockey, talk about different things you expect from your team and how you want your team to play. There’s no better way than standing up, watching some of our future Caps players going through the game process.”
The Capitals are still in need of a 2nd line center at this point and a trade may be happening with Mike Green. Either way, Trotz is looking for his team to be back at the Kettler Center a month before preseason starts and hinted at the possibility of another mini-camp during the offseason.
Good start to a hectic offseason.