Washington Capitals Clicks: Samsonov Impresses In Debut, Training Camp Notes

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Today’s Washington Capitals news and links: Ilya Samsonov’s first career KHL start, training camp notes, and much more.

The Washington Capitals have officially started training camp. We are one day away from the Washington Capitals first pre-season game. There are a lot of Washington Capitals news and links to discuss, so let’s go started. 

At 2:00 PM in Russia, Washington Capitals 2015 first round pick Ilya Samsonov made his first ever KHL start. He plays for Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Metallurg Magnitogorsk defeated Metallurg Novokuznetsk 5-2. Samsonov saved 25 of the 27 shots he faced to lead Magnitogorsk to their victory. A familiar name had two assists for Magnitogorsk: Wojtek Wolski. Former Washington Capitals forward Ryan Stoa scored for Novokuznetsk. (KHL Official Site)

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Players have been impressing during Caps training camp so far. Perhaps no one has impressed the coaching staff more than defenseman Nate Schmidt. Schmidt flourished during the skating tests that many players struggled during. He credits that to his rigorous off-season training at his alma mater (University of Minnesota)

“I trained back at University of Minnesota and my trainer there – Cal Dietz – is unbelievable,” notes Schmidt. “He got us into really great shape and it felt great out there. You’ve got to know your strengths, and that is one of mine so I’ve got to make sure that I really do well on a test like that that can highlight my skating ability.” – Caps Today

Schmidt and his linemate Dmitry Orlov hope to prove themselves in 2015-2016 as they look to also replace the production lost when the Washington Capitals failed to re-sign Mike Green. (Stars And Sticks)

Another player who has impressed the Capitals brass: trade acquisition T.J. Oshie. On Saturday, the second day of training camp, Oshie looked like he was a man trying to justify what Brian MacLellan paid for him. (CSN Washington)

With MacLellan watching from his perch behind the net at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Oshie took a centering pass from former Blues teammate Derek Roy, patiently waited for goaltender Justin Peters to go down, then dragged the puck past Peters, scoring into an open net.

A few minutes later, on a 2-on-1 with Marcus Johansson, Oshie forced Peters to commit to a shot, then deftly slid the puck to Johansson at the side of the net for a slam dunk.

This is what the Capitals are hoping to see from Oshie this season, an ability to create and finish with equal ability. – CSN Washington

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