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Video: Marcus Johansson

Much of the discussion leading up to this week's development camp has focused on 2009 first rounder Marcus Johansson and whether he's ready to contribute in Washington this season.

It's going to be a while before we know the answer to that question. But we know this much: the 19-year-old Swede's audition for a job on opening night began today at KCI.

Here are a couple of videos Johansson on Day 1, the majority of which has been dedicated to on-ice drills and off-ice fitness testing.

Johansson's first real test will come Wednesday afternoon in the first of three scrimmages.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 12, 2010; 3:25 PM ET
 
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Comments

He's a boy among boys but why not, let him be 2nd line center he will surprise

Posted by: flee001 | July 12, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

nice to see some actual skating - its been too long

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | July 12, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Cannot wait for meaningless regular season games, I love it!

Posted by: flee001 | July 12, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

in that first clip, who the heck is "Alexander"

Posted by: cstanton1 | July 12, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton

There were a bunch of non-roster guys today. Not all the players attending are on the press guide.

Posted by: JSchon | July 12, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

i figured they were "fillers"

but its good to get the full roster. That's where a kid like Hauswirth came from I think. Also gives you an idea as to what types of players the Caps are looking for as dark horses to get a contract.

Posted by: cstanton1 | July 12, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Very true.

Posted by: JSchon | July 12, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

for ex, here's a kid at caps dev camp this yr who has some potential. Good size, power fwd from U of Maine. And what a name!

http://mainecampus.com/2010/01/28/mens-hockey-physical-dekastrozza-emerging-as-a-senior/

Posted by: cstanton1 | July 12, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

here's some vid on him. Let it be known that cstanton broke the news on this kid first.

at the 1:20 mark you can see him set up the play, then park his big butt in the slot, knock the dman out of the way and it leads to a goal which he got an assist on. At the 4:45 mark he takes a pass down the LW and fires the puck past the goalie.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MHmmjUPdkk

Posted by: cstanton1 | July 12, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Cannot wait for meaningless regular season games, I love it!

Posted by: flee001

AGREED!

Posted by: LloydChristmas | July 12, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Looks good. Give him the #91 jersey, and pencil him in!!!
I'm looking forward to seeing him and Matty P. on opening night!

Posted by: j3rockstar | July 12, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what it would take for mcphail to put together a complete team.

Posted by: alanb1 | July 12, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Then don't watch any of them and wait for the playoffs. Hope the Caps make it.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 12, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

alanb1-

Would you like to discuss what this team looked like before GMGM?

Posted by: j3rockstar | July 12, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhhh...

I feel better already.

Thanks to any and everyone who can give details about the goings on at Kettler!

...background info on prospects is also appreciated.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | July 12, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

He looks just like Backstrom the way he was shielding the puck. Hopefully he'll be just as good in a few years.

Posted by: lkanner17 | July 12, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

The regular season may be meaningless to you, but not to me. I sit there and watch every Capitals game in the regular season. If they meant nothing, why watch? Why not just wait until the playoffs and watch those 4 to 28 games?

Regular season is a tournament. Playoffs are another tournament. I enjoy both of them. I don't care who thinks which is most important--I enjoy both of them immensely and I personally recognize champions of both every season, inside my own head, in every sport I watch.

If anything, the playoffs seem closer to something I'd look at as "a mere exhibition" than the regular season. OK, like, when the World Series started, the champions of two competing baseball leagues played in what just about everyone at that time thought of as an exhibition tournament. A typical person of that time might have thought, "Wow, isn't it cool that the champion of that league is going to play the champion of this other league The winner can say their league's champion is better, and wouldn't that be fun?" It's come to be widely thought of as something more meaningful than that, sadly, but I still tend to think of all playoffs like that to some extent--an exhibition that is very fun to watch.

It seems bizarre, business-wise, that the NHL or any other league might want to attempt to persuade me and my fellow fans to think of the regular season as merely an almost entirely meaningless prelude and seed-decider for the playoffs tournament, but I guess they probably know what they are doing and have made a well-thought-out business decision to do this. But I don't have to do what they say I should do. I can believe the regular season has meaning. I believe most people who shell out hundreds for tickets to regular season games to watch teams like the Capitals that are obviously going to make the playoffs believe it has meaning, whether they admit it or don't.

The single elimination format is not at all designed to determine which of the league's teams is the best. The format used in the regular season, although it would be better if schedules were balanced, is for the most part designed to determine which of the league's teams is the best.

You can just say, "the playoffs will determine who the best team is," and tell the players that's what it is, and everyone participating can agree to treat it as such and to talk about it as such, and you can reiterate the same BS all you want, and make the trophy for winning it gigantic and give it a nice name and tell hockey players and fans to worship it and to not care about the Presidents' Trophy (or in some leagues to not even give any kind of title or award for being the best team in the regular season), but it doesn't mean I have to buy into the BS, and it doesn't mean you have to either.

Posted by: youaresquishy | July 12, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

the reg season is meaningful to the extent that you need to crack the top 8 teams in each conference. Beyond that, it is simply a training exercise for the playoffs and for formulating a strategy to win in the playoffs. Where teams run into problems is when they put TOO MUCH STOCK into the actual win-loss record at the end of the season. They miss the big picture. Or they cling to their reg season record as proof that all is fine. When they do that I wonder if they're deluding themselves or just the public.

Posted by: cstanton1 | July 12, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

MJ does look like he does a good job of holding onto the puck. Big butt. Like Ulf Dahlen.

Posted by: cstanton1 | July 12, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Massive post. Surprised that didn't exceed the 3k character limit.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | July 12, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

the 3k character limit only applies to posts which are critical of the Caps.

Posted by: cstanton1 | July 12, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

alanb1-

Would you like to discuss what this team looked like before GMGM?

Posted by: j3rockstar | July 12, 2010 5:30 PM

You mean the team built by another GM that made it to the cup finals? I know McPhee was the GM that year but it was the last GM's defense and goalie that got them there.

Oh to look at the defense before McPhee took over and look at it now is so sad.

Posted by: Mike4169 | July 12, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Mike4169 -

There is one guy from that Defenseive core that is still playing today. What does that tell you? Either, everyone was very good, but at the end of their careers. Or maybe, everyone just clicked that year? Regardless, that team was only Cup ready for one year, where as this one has had a legitimate shot for the last two, and looks to be ready again this year.

Posted by: j3rockstar | July 13, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

"Oh to look at the defense before McPhee took over and look at it now is so sad."

Oh please, that team caught lightning in a bottle. It wasn't a particularly good team either on offense or defense. Olie played out of his mind in the playoffs (and for most of the season). The team missed the playoffs the year before and after with essentially the same defensive corps finishing in the bottom half of the league in goals allowed.

Posted by: ouvan59 | July 13, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

@ouvan59:

Your description sounds like Montreal during this years run...

and any other cinderella team that runs to the ECF of SCF and loses...

Posted by: FrankM73 | July 13, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

@youaresquishy

I'm in total agreement with you on this. Baseball used to have that format (except for the World Series which really did begin as a sort of exhibition) and the EPL decides its championship that way. It becomes more about who can beat a wide variety. The Caps, this year, ran into a team that matched up very well against them (we hated playing against those little, fast teams)...There is no doubt they were the best team in the league - by far - in the regular season format.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | July 13, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

@ouvan59

Get out of here ! That team was old, but they had guts. I would take Calle, Gonchar, Reekie, Witt, and Tinordi over our present group of weenies. Those guys pissed gasoline (except Gonch,sorry). Throw in Simon, Klee, Toms, Hunter, and Kono and you've got a real hockey team. What we have now is a bunch of whiners. If I could put Ovi and Backi in with a group of real hockey players like the 98 team, you've got a Cup. That team figured out how to beat the best goal tender I ever saw: Hasek. After the series Hasek said that he never really saw half the pucks that went in that well. Hey Bruce, "Where was all the traffic in front of Halak ?" It's not rocket science. It's hard work and guts, which we don't have. Make Finley a center and send Flush packing. Sickening fact: Flyers have been to the finals 6 times since we've been in the league. Playoff guts !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | July 18, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

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