Day 2 of Capitals Development Camp started out with skating and conditioning drills for the skaters on the second rink. The first practice session also included a goalie practice on the main rink.
Second practice session
During yesterday’s scrimmage, Stanislav Galiev showed off his offensive ability. He is a capable passer, he certainly had an excellent pass on an odd-man break, but it is obvious he has no illusions about his role on the ice. Galiev shot the puck from everywhere during the first period of the scrimmage, even taking the shot himself on a 2-on-1. Galiev is teeming with offensive awareness. He has the ability to find open ice on the breakout and in the offensive zone to receive a pass, but he’s never so far from the play he can’t jump on a loose puck. He has good hands to control the puck in traffic and is able to use his body and reach well to creat room to get his shot away. His flashiest moment of the game came ten seconds into the third period of the scrimmage when he got a breakaway and goalie Brandon Anderson made a diving pokecheck to stave him off.
Speaking of Brandon Anderson, he was knocked over twice in 30 minutes of playing time. First, Tom Wilson crashed the crease and knocked Anderson’s own teammate into him. The second incident involved T.J. Syner skating across the crease and bumping Anderson over. Later in the scrimmage, he also took a shot off his arm or shoulder that stung him, as he took a minute to recover. Anderson allowed both goals in the scrimmage, which ended 2-1 for the red team.
With the scrimmage still scoreless in the second intermission, Filip Forsberg drove to the net with puck and made a nifty move to put the puck through goalie Scott Darling’s legs, but somehow the puck slipped out the other side and not into the goal. Forsberg also had a chance to score in the second period when he used a defenseman as a screen to put a shot on goal. He later went on a 2-on-0 with David Civitarese, who unfortunately dumped the pass behind Forsberg. It’s a credit to Forsberg he was able to retrieve the puck and still get a chance at the net, but the play did not result in a goal. As for the other players of interest, Max Iafrate laid out a couple hip checks, Tom Wilson was a physical presence with his shoulder checks and forechecking, and Cameron Schilling showed off his strength and confidence again on both sides of the puck. Christian Djoos also showed off his ability to get the puck through to the goal from the point.
Development camp invitee David Vallorani was the first player to dent the twine. Vallorani played well on day 1 and was in the action throughout the day 2 scrimmage. He had a takeaway in front of the opponent’s goal which resulted in a scoring chance, then during a breakaway he put the puck high off the post to Steffen Soberg’s blocker side after Soberg dropped down too early. In the second period, Vallorani took a pass from Riley Barber and fired a one-time slapshot home past Anderson. Even though he is a good stick-handler in traffic and makes good passes, Vallorani showed that he needs to get rid of the puck sooner as he would get bottled up along the boards and also had a giveaway in front of his own goal.
The second goal was scored late in the third by defenseman Aaron Gens off a pass from T.J. Syner. Down two goals as the clock was winding down, the white team pulled Anderson and scored a late goal past with 4.5 seconds for the final margin.
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