Wednesday afternoon, the Capitals made their first round of cuts from training camp.
The move comes before their third preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, and the team didn’t practice Wednesday in order to travel.
The following players were returned to their respective junior teams: ALEXEYEV, FLORCHUK, CLARK, SUTTER, KANNOK-LEIPERT & MARTHINSEN. FEHERVARY has been loaned to HV71 (Sweden). Capitals also release THOMPSON from tryout agreement. Updated roster here: https://t.co/UhHCRjbrfV
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) September 19, 2018
The full list of players who were cut is as follows:
Most players were sent back to their junior teams or European leagues, with the exception of Logan Thompson who was cut from his tryout agreement.
First round of cuts. As expected with junior players and Euros returning to their respective teams. Was impressed with Riley Sutter last night. https://t.co/FXPiX1PY12
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) September 19, 2018
One name that might surprise people on this list is 2018 first-round pick Alexander Alexeyev. He impressed head coach Todd Reirden, and in his postgame press conference Tuesday, Reirden mentioned he “continues to show his ability to play the game at a number of different ways,” including “executing passes that normally guys that age and that size don’t do as defensemen.”
Alexeyev was dominant in the rookie tournament before training camp. His highlights included a fight, a slick shootout goal, and a nifty assist to Maximillian Kammerer. He finished with four assists, the highest of any player.
During Tuesday night’s preseason game against Boston, Alexeyev also recorded an assist on Riley Barber’s first-period goal.
Riley Barber deflects in the Alexeyev shot for the goal. It's 1-1.
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) September 18, 2018
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