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Development Camp Roster (Updated)

The Caps just released the official roster for development camp, which starts Monday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

As expected, 2009 first-round draft pick Marcus Johansson won't be making the trip, but the team's other promising young Swede, Anton "Little Gus" Gustafsson is among the 24 prospects attending.

From the Caps:

Among the confirmed participants are Capitals first-round draft picks Anton Gustafsson (2008), John Carlson (2008) and Joe Finley (2005). Four participants - Francois Bouchard, John Carlson, Braden Holtby and Mathieu Perreault - played for the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears during their run to the 2009 Calder Cup. Six participants were Capitals draft picks in the 2009 Entry Draft.

Click here for the complete roster.

Update from Tarik: I'm told that Marcus Johansson wanted to attend the camp, but prior commitments to Farjestad prevented him from being able to come over.

I'm also told that Anton Gustafsson could play in North America this upcoming season (AHL or NHL). It's his option. He can also return to Sweden if he doesn't make the Caps.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 9, 2009; 10:27 AM ET
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Camp is almost here! So the season is just around the corner ... well that's what I'm telling myself, anyway.

Saw your post on the previous - are you going to the convention?

Posted by: --Boo-- | July 9, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

C-A-P-S! Caps, Caps, Caps!

*searches futilely for game tickets online* =)

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | July 9, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

don't forget Alex Ovechkin... he'll skate out there too.

Posted by: rh71 | July 9, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

actually Ovie will be in russia until training camp. he's going to russia's olympic camp, and he has no obligations here until training camp, so no surprise drop in for Ovie this yr. i'm excited to see carlson and bouchard, those guys are great!

Posted by: capsfan387 | July 9, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I think Ovi's "surprise drop in" last year wasn't at Summer Development Camp. It was in September, when the rookies reported for camp a week before the other players.

Posted by: tess2201 | July 9, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse


There's a good chance that if I can get tix, I'll be there. This is an aspect that I'm interested in from a business POV. Could be very interesting and not a large investment of either time or money.

Posted by: Greg S. | July 9, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Is there any chance Gus Jr. can make the team this year? Why not? And I wonder if Della Rovere can find a spot (4th line?). He can bring some energy/toughness.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | July 9, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: alexanderperlmutter | July 9, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

So what's with the Caps not making any moves in the off-season? There have been a few players they could have used who have gone to other teams in the past couple of days at good prices. I would have thought they could attract Beauchemin over the Leafs and he signed for a pretty low amount. Koivu signed for 1 year, $3.25M with Anaheim. Anaheim's got a great team so it's harder to convince a player not to go there than Toronto, but he would have been a good 2nd line center and the price is right. I still think they need a true 2nd line centre and one good veteran D. They don't want to become another Ottawa, where you have a really solid team with a couple of gaps for a few years but it all falls apart once enough contract renewals come up and you can't keep everyone. Same with Buffalo. A couple of roster changes and either of them could have gone all the way but now neither even make the playoffs. There are some obvious gaps in the caps roster that could be fixed if the right players were available. I think Beauchemin was one of those guys. I thought the same thing a month before the season ended when I saw he was going to be a free agent. Who else is out there for free agent defense right now?

Posted by: Stu_c | July 9, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Della Rovere adds to our crash-the-crease presence...

Posted by: guiliano89 | July 9, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Woywitka would have been an interesting pick-up on D, especially at the salary he signed for in Dallas. And he's still quite young at 25.

Posted by: guiliano89 | July 9, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

You'll have to fill me in on your business thoughts - sounds interesting.

Summer's not over yet. But, having said that, I would expect something more in the form of a trade than a FA at this point.

Posted by: --Boo-- | July 9, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

HAUSWIRTH!!!!! the kid is going to be a beast one day.

Posted by: ThePat | July 9, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I don't believe McPhee's public comment that the team is 'fine' on the blueline.

I would have to look seriously at the uneven performances of Jeff Schultz and Shaone Morrisonn ($2M salary in 2009)and look to the trade market to find a younger veteran who won't cost megabucks but will be a more consistent stay at home presence on defense and more physical in front of the net.

With Alzner and Carlson in the system, Schultz to me is expendable at this point.

I know a lot of people have come down on him but he does in fact play 'soft' despite his size and is not the most adept puckhandler. At least the former, if not the latter, may very well just be part of his makeup as a player and not subject to change.

Posted by: leopard09 | July 9, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse


Running a sports franchise is no different than a corporation, it's just that the assets are different (living, not machinery), and they have differing useful lives.

Both have marketing requirements although the mix would be different for the sports. The "product" is a combo of the venue, music, announcers, ushers, vendors and the players all packaged into an event. Compare to a different "product" like a car which has multiple components that are packaged into an item.

I can really see the similarities throughout the operation. It's the nuances that I'm looking to understand. How "capology" affects the player evaluation criteria for example. There has to be a weighting factor, otherwise they're guessing the true value to the club.

What personal attributes will affect the selection (or not) of a kid at the draft. Is there a personality or interview question(s) they look for? How do they determine where a kid will go for development?

Posted by: Greg S. | July 9, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

So are looking to add this to your consultative service offerings?

Posted by: --Boo-- | July 9, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse


Schultz is expendable as a hockey player, but much less so as "salary cap relief". Having guys that can contribute significant minutes at a low cap hit is very important for a team like the caps that is right up against the limit.

Posted by: GusDaMan | July 9, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

anyone know when the schedules come out, or when they did last year?

Posted by: gringo184 | July 9, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Just noticed a quirk......Gussy Junior and Della Rova were born the exact same day.

Posted by: RichC3 | July 9, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse


Oh, sure! Who wouldn't want to hire me - a guy who's spent his professional career dealing with the Federal Government, faculty and researchers - advising their professional sports franchise!

lol! I'd love the opportunity, but I highly doubt it'd ever happen. A guy can dream.........

Posted by: Greg S. | July 9, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse


maybe you haven't heard of the Knuble signing by the Caps last week. I think GMGM did the best he could with the money he had left under the cap. Sure it would be nice to have Koivu and another veteran d-man but I think Knuble will help the Caps more than Koivu would since this team already has too many finnesse players like him.

Posted by: joek443 | July 9, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

to those who think that the Caps got the short end of the Hunter trade, take a look at the 1987 NHL draft.

14 teams passed on Joe Sakic who easily turned out to be the best player of that draft. At least the Caps got Hunter for the first round pick (15th) which was a LOT better than the players they were drafting during those years - Jeff Greenlaw, Yvon Corriveau, Reggie Savage, etc...

Posted by: joek443 | July 9, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Anyone with a "Golden Ticket" at the Caps Convention is getting a facewash. I also dare them to "fast pass," in line for an autograph...

Posted by: SA-Town | July 9, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Consistancy - you pay extra for that type of thing.

Since we're all pretty bored it would seem, and there's not a whole lot of news, I was thinking since my business law professor was going over arbitration today, why don't we have some of the posters here with some legeal experience (or bothered to try and make sense of the CBA) give a mock arbitration hearing. We can have one or all of the beat writers play the arbitrators. It'd be something to do at least.

Posted by: superpaqman | July 9, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Capitals draft review has been posted at Hockey's Future. It's a good read if you're unfamiliar with the 2009 draft class

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | July 9, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

There is something called a salary cap. Go google it.

Trades, depth min. salary signings, or nothing at this point.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 9, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

And, just going by what I am reading, it seems our 2009 draftee (Johansson) is further along than our 2008 draftee (Gustafsson.)

I don't anticipate seeing Gus that much next season.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 9, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Here's hoping Bouchard & Perreault have made some decent strides and push guys for a roster spot come September.

Posted by: thomas20 | July 9, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Here's hoping for the return of the velcro nameplates!

Posted by: thiazzi | July 9, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

With the way Hershey has been performing you'd think we'd have plenty of players ready to make the jump up. Isn't having the best AHL team a good indicator of future greatness? Or are we only drafting solid AHL level talent?

Posted by: CAP-lanta | July 9, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Breaking News!!!

Joe Sakic shocks the world at his press conference and says he will take the minimum pay to be the Caps #2 Center.

I wish...

Posted by: SA-Town | July 9, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Anyone here see that Nick Boynton signed with the Ducks for 1 year, 1.5 mil? Thoughts? Seems to me that he would be an upgrade over Mo and cheaper at that.

Posted by: cainoo7x | July 9, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The Caps aren't going to do anything else in free agency, how many times do I and others have to say this? Any player that is the level of stud you're looking for is going to come at a minimum of a $3 million price tag, and very likely considerably more. We have about half that left under the salary cap after the RFA's are re-signed (roughly speaking), and as we saw last year, space under the cap for injury call-ups and a trade deadline piggybank are really good things to have. Bet that GMGM really didn't like being handcuffed at the deadline last year and will not repeat the mistake. (It does not help that the Caps got raped by injuries last year and were just lucky that they had enough depth in Hershey to cover the holes.) As we do not want the Flyers' problems or the Blackhawks' problems (or the Habs' problems), free agency won't do us any good.

If we make any more moves before October, it will be via trade, not free agency. We have trade assets, some of which we can part with (defensemen) and some of which we really, really shouldn't yet (goalies). Do not count on Nylander or Theodore leaving, and I'm not entirely convinced given the number of rookies and injury-prone goalies we have that getting rid of workhorse Theodore is a wise move. Theodore's contract is up at the end of the season, and Nylander will either perform or be bought out / waived / traded at the end of the season when his NMC expires. (He'll probably get moved anyway.)

I think standing pat where we are isn't necessarily a bad idea, although if the right trade comes up, go for it. We've got enough to get us through the season and into the playoffs. Are there holes? Sure. Every team's got holes. We'll need to play a more physical game than last year, but I think the guys are capable of that given the right coaching. But, given how much we've got on the farms and past history, I think that sitting back and seeing what the farm's got to offer before dropping a ton of money and prospects/players for a player that could become redundant makes a whole lot of sense. If we need something, we'll know what it is come the deadline (and it's not always what we think we need).

Patience, grasshopper.

Posted by: kittypawz | July 9, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Breaking News!!!

Joe Sakic shocks the world at his press conference and says he will take the minimum pay to be the Caps #2 Center.

I wish...
Posted by: SA-Town

Just like you wish for a "golden ticket"

Posted by: 415M | July 9, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know why guys like Chris Bourque, Alexandre Giroux, Karl Alzner, Oscar Osala, Keith Aucoin, or Quintin Lang weren't invited? All of those guys played at least one game with the Caps last season and I'm surprised their not going to the camp. Is it because they're pretty well established already and are going to try to make the team come training camp? Thanks!

Posted by: Randolph_B42 | July 9, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Nick Boynton, are you serious?

Screw him.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 9, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

@ Randolph_B42

They will all be at the PRO training camp later in the summer.

Posted by: thiazzi | July 9, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

@Randolph_B42: That was the impression that I got, that this was for the newbies. I'd imagine the bulk of Hershey will be at Training Camp in...was it August/September?

Based on that Caps Convention, we should have the final roster by the last week of September, so training camp and the final team selection would occur before then.

*crosses fingers*

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | July 9, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how/what Brent Johnson is doing. I really like him :/

Posted by: thiazzi | July 9, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I did some serious number crunching for the Capitals salary cap to see if there is any actual space to sign that elusive Number 2 center or stud defenseman that so many are harping about. I don't read these comments everyday, so maybe this has been done before, but it bears repeating since every time I read this section someone is saying McPhee should get such and such player. My sources are and, the latter I used to determine qualifying offers to the 5 RFAs. So my actual cap hit is based on the RFAs accepting their QOs which are a raise of 10%, even tho japers has ShaMo's QO as the same amount as he made last year. Nhlnumbers has our current cap hit (that is before the RFAs are resigned) at 48.73 million. My math has it at 49.205 million but that's because they only have one goalie listed, so I added in Varlamov's salary, and they also have the D's cap hit as higher than what it should be. So basically the final number I come up with is this: $55.997 million dollars. That is below this year's salary cap which is roughly $56.8 million. If every one of the RFAs accepts his QO (not likely) you see that the Capitals are really scraping the ceiling of the salary cap, and that further FA signing is a pipe dream, unless a trade is made (I favor ShaMo myself). BTW I used these players to determine the cap figure: Ovechkin, Nylander, Semin, Knuble, Clark, Backstrom, Laich, Bradley, Fleischmann, Steckel, Gordon, Fehr, Green, Poti, Pothier, Erskine, Morrisonn, Schultz, Jurcina, Alzner, Theodore, Varlamov, Clymer's buyout. If anyone has issue with my figures I invite them to crunch the numbers themselves

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | July 9, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Tempus, don't know if your numbers are correct, but you are right. We only have a bout a mil to work with right now, not including our RFAs. Meaning we really have nothing to work with right now.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 9, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Here's hoping Gustafsson decides to play in North America, and earns a spot on the big club.

Posted by: thiazzi | July 9, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Now my memory is pretty fuzzy on this one, but when I went over the prospects list it says Jake Hauswirth played in the USHL this year. I thought he was supposed to have gone to some college up in Michigan, or was it that he was committed to going, but then opted to go play junior hockey instead?

Posted by: superpaqman | July 9, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

thiazzi, I'll hope for that if 1) he's healthy and 2) good enough.

Posted by: superpaqman | July 9, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse


here is hoping managment doesn't make that mistake. He's not that good. IMO is still 3 years away from having any sort of impact for the Caps.

Posted by: ThePat | July 9, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I did say I hope he EARNS a spot. I don't want him to be given one just because of his last name.

Posted by: thiazzi | July 9, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Gustaffson didn't even play in the Elitserien last year.

He has quite a ways to go, it seems.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 9, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse are correct. If you look at the history of Cup winners over the years many of them pick up the last piece at the trade deadline. Going back to the Islanders in the 80's when they picked up Goring to Murphy going to the Pens and those 2 cups and then Murphy again going to Wings, Bourque to the Avs up to the Pens this year many teams get that last piece trading at the deadline. But you have to have some caps space to do that. We all know the Caps had a big problem last year making any deals with no cap space left. I think that is what GMGM is going to do if they are close. The window may be closing soon on this group with Semin and Backs contracts coming up after this year.

So saving some caps space for the trade deadline is a requirement if you want to win the cup in the Salary Cap era. Let other teams pay them for the year and only pick up the last month of someone salary going into the playoffs, even a rental or two

Posted by: RichC3 | July 9, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

For those of you asking about the players NOT going to development camp: this isn't a training camp per se, it's a learning situation for young men. They are taught proper nutrition, workouts and other life skills of an NHL player besides just the on ice drills. Mostly, from what I understand, it's to get them over the intimidation factor of going to an NHL camp. When they go to their first real pro camp they'll know what to expect. Guys like Alzner, Giroux et al have already done this, and thus won't be intimidated

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | July 9, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I hear Mats Sundin is UFA...maybe he can center our second line if he doesn't cost too much:

1) He doesn't suck,
2) He brings experience and maturity, and
3) He's Swedish (and we all know how important Swedish pivots are to GMGM).

Thoughts anyone?

Posted by: Rhino40 | July 9, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

We have a Swede that doesn't suck. That has taught Backstrom very well and helped in his production the first two years. Since his shoulder injury he hasn't gotten his game going, but I'd stick with him over wasting money that we dont have on Sundin.

Posted by: ThePat | July 9, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: richmondphil | July 9, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

PU-LEASE! Not Matts! He'll want a fortune and won't show up until the last 2 months of the year.

Posted by: Greg S. | July 9, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Golden ticket = Golden shower

Posted by: TenleytownTom | July 10, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

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