The Washington Capitals made their first round of cuts from their 2023 Training Camp roster. 12 total players were released Monday afternoon, trimming down the original 63-man roster that began camp last week.
Four players will return to juniors, while the other eight will report to the Hershey Bears. Only one of the cut players, Jake Karabela, played in Sunday’s preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres.
Players sent to their junior teams
Players sent to the Hershey Bears
No players released are on NHL contracts, so they will not require waivers before reporting to their respective teams.
Three of the Capitals’ 2023 draft picks will go back to juniors, including Patrick Thomas (fourth round, #104), Brett Hyland (seventh round, #200), and Antoine Keller (seventh round, #206).
The cuts come ahead of Hershey’s upcoming Training Camp, which is set to begin on October 2. They will attempt to repeat their Calder-Cup-winning campaign when the season begins on October 14 against the Belleville Senators.
Our 2023 Training Camp is set to open on Monday, Oct. 2. Further details and a full schedule will be shared later this week. Our initial Training Camp Roster will be released Sunday, Oct. 1. https://t.co/Mkob6yaKxM
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) September 25, 2023
Capitals PR also released an updated roster with the 51 remaining players. Only Andrew Cristall and Alexander Suzdalev remain eligible to return to juniors this season (though Suzdalev will likely play in the AHL instead).
After an off day Monday, the remaining players will continue training camp on Tuesday at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. The Caps will play their next preseason game on Thursday at home against the Detroit Red Wings.
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