Filip Forsberg is back in North America. (Photo credit: Pavel Paprskar)
While the Capitals are still a month away from training camp (please, no lockout), up to six of their prospects may participate in under-20 tournaments that will be held this week, including 2012 first round draft picks Filip Forsberg and Tom Wilson.
The first tournament, which is being held in Lake Placid, New York, hosts hopefuls from the United States, Sweden, and Finland for an eight-day camp to prepare for the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia.
While Team USA’s official roster for the Lake Placid tournament has not yet been announced, four Caps prospects are currently attending the Evaluation Camp — defensemen Garrett Haar and Connor Carrick, and forwards Thomas Di Pauli and Travis Boyd.
In two intersquad games at the camp, Travis Boyd scored a goal and Connor Carrick has recorded an assist. Garrett Haar and Thomas Di Pauli didn’t have any points.
The USA Blue team (featuring Haar, Di Pauli and Carrick) also played in a scrimmage against Finland on Monday. Their team won 5-4, but neither of them was able to put points on the board. Meanwhile the USA White team (with Travis Boyd) played against Sweden and lost 1-5. Boyd didn’t contrubute to the scoresheet.
Here’s the rest of the schedule for a Team USA that will be united after Monday’s games.
August 8th, USA vs. Finland 4:00 PM
August 9th, USA vs. Sweden 4:00 PM
August 11th USA vs. Finland 1:00 PM
While Team USA still figures out its roster, Filip Forsberg was officially named to the Swedish team. Christian Djoos, another Swedish Caps prospect drafted this year, unfortunately had to be left at home after he was diagnosed with a concussion.
Forsberg had a goal and an assist in each of the two exhibition games against Czech Republic before crossing the ocean, and Djoos had a goal and an assist in the first of the two games. In a contest against USA White, Forsberg was unable to keep his scoring streak alive.
Schedule for Team Sweden
August 7th, Finland vs. Sweden 4:00 PM
August 9th, USA vs. Sweden 4:00 PM
August 10th, Finland vs. Sweden 4:00 PM
The best part? Thanks to USA hockey, you can follow all of the live action from Lake Placid this week online.
The other tournament taking place this week is the Canada-Russia challenge, which is celebrating the 40th anniversary of 1972 USSR-Canada Superseries. The top junior players from Canada and Russia will compete in a four-game series — two games will be payed in Yaroslavl, Russia and two games will be played in Halifax, Nova Scotia — beginning on Thursday at 11am EST.
Tom Wilson, who the Capitals selected 16th overall, was named to Canada’s Roster. Surprisingly, the Capitals will have no prospects playing on the Russian team.
Russia-Canada games schedule
August 9th, 11:00 AM – Yaroslavl, Russia
August 10th, 10:00 AM – Yaroslavl, Russia
August 13th, 7:00 PM – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
August 14th, 7:00 PM – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
For those of you who have TSN, you can watch the tournament on TV or also follow along on TSN’s live blog.
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