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Boudreau on Carlson: 'He's Way Ahead of the Curve'

Here are a few additional notes and quotes from a longish Day 1 of development camp at KCI:

*Bruce Boudreau on becoming the longest-tenured head coach in Washington after the firing of National's Manager Manny Acta:

"Jeez, yeah," Boudreau said. "I don't know if that's good or bad. We better keep winning. Look, I'm just happy to be here. I'm living the dream every day. Every day, I think we're going to win it all. Until someone tells me something. ... I'll still be in a good mood."

*Boudreau on Carlson being the best player on the ice today: "Easily. For a 19-year-old, he's way ahead of the curve." Of all the players in camp, the consensus today was that he's the closest to being ready for everyday duty in the NHL.

I'll have a feature on Carlson later in the week.

*For the second straight year, Boudreau capped each session with brrrutal suicides. Last year, Mathieu Perreault, Francois Bouchard, Dimtry Kugryshev and Anton Gustafsson struggled to the point of almost not finishing. All four passed the test today.

*Speaking of Gustafsson, he was the second-best player on the ice behind Carlson. The 2008 first-rounder also said he plans to play in North America this upcoming season, whether it's in Hershey or Washington. (He has an out-clause in his contract in Sweden).

"Of course, I want to play here in Washington, but I only hear good things about Hershey," Gustafsson said. "I want to learn to play here" on the smaller ice in North America.

Early in Group B's session, the center got tangled up with 2009 first-rounder Dmitri Orlov and went into the goal post head/back first. His helmet made a pretty loud clanging sound when it met the steel post.

"It's okay," Gustafsson said. "At first I was thinking, 'Oh my God, not again.'"

Last year, of course, Gustafsson aggravated a back injury on the first day of camp (during the suicides) and was done. As for his back injury, he said it's mostly healed.

"I can feel it sometimes," he said. "But it's nothing serious."

I'll also have more on Gustafsson later in the week.

*The funniest thing from Day 1 was North Dakota grad and 2005 first-rounder Joe Finley recounting his infamous run-in with Wisconsin mascot Bucky Badger a few years back.

"It was pretty serious," Finley said. "The only reason I took exception to the mascot was he was 'sieving' the goalie right in his face. ...the next day we were passing [each other] and he shouldered the goalie in warmups. So I looped around and gave him a tap. That's about it."

Like the scouting reports say, he's got a mean streak.

*And finally, some sad news to pass along: Locker room attendant George Dobson passed away after a long battle with cancer on Saturday night. He worked for the Caps for 20 years.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 13, 2009; 5:51 PM ET
 
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Comments

Great to hear about the day at Kettler but I feel terrible about George. I have known him since I was a kid skating at Wells Ice Rink in College Park where he worked. He was a great guy and he will be missed. RIP George.

Posted by: pkendrick | July 13, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Sad to hear about Dobson. I know it's just dev camp but thinking about these young D, no Alzner mentioned and the teams weak point looks so much stronger and just in time for AO's prime.

Posted by: flee001 | July 13, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Roughly how long were the practices today at the development camp?

Posted by: theresa21 | July 13, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Practice went for about 2 hours.

Posted by: gonchpup | July 13, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Longest tenured coach in Washington? Excuse me? Tom Soehn has been head coach longer than Boudreau by a year. Idiots.

Posted by: GoUnited | July 13, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Man - I am excited about these kids - Gust2, Carlson, Finley, Orlov.

Posted by: Rocc00 | July 13, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Longest tenured coach in Washington? Excuse me? Tom Soehn has been head coach longer than Boudreau by a year. Idiots.
Posted by: GoUnited | July 13, 2009 10:53 PM |

Get the eff out of here neanderthal - learn to use your hands.
Who the hell uses their feet only in the 21st century to play sports?!
Unga bunga mooga.

Posted by: Rocc00 | July 13, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

2 hours is so long

http://www.nowgoal.com/30.shtml

Posted by: fetrew | July 14, 2009 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, Could you comment on how Kugryshev performed in camp today. He had a stellar year in the QMJHL and I'm pretty excited about the prospect of adding another skilled Russian to the team in 2-3 years time.

Also, I would love to read an article about the invitees to camp. Seeing that the Caps have found players like Jay Beagle and Jake Hauswirth, it would be great to learn about how some of these kids found their way to playing in Dev Camp. I hear the best local high school player, Nick Sorkin, is at camp this year. I wonder what he's learning from this experience.

Posted by: madflava | July 14, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Get the eff out of here neanderthal - learn to use your hands.
Who the hell uses their feet only in the 21st century to play sports?!
Unga bunga mooga.

Posted by: Rocc00


Good point.....well except for the fact that they use their heads, thighs, calves, chest, stomach, calves, most anything but their hands. Any person above neanderthal level would surely know that, no?
Isn't the use of hands in hockey most times illegal also? Can't score with hands, can't pass with hands - except in defensive zone, eh?
Hmmmm....pretty similarly neanderthal-ish.
Pot, let me introduce you to the game we call kettle.
Child.

Posted by: googlio | July 14, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I love John Carlson!!

Posted by: rachel216 | July 14, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

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