Day 5 of the Washington Capitals Development Camp consisted of just a scrimmage, however, an oddly formatted scrimmage. The scrimmage started at 9:45am EST at Capitals Kettler Iceplex. The 1st period was 20 minutes of stop clock action. The 2nd (and final period) was 25 minutes of stop clock action.
With the addition of David Vallorani (who played on the red squad during all previous scrimmages), the white team defeated the red team 4-1. As weird as this may seem, Vallorani seems to be the difference maker in these scrimmages. Vallorani is fast, agile, and has a tremendous amount of playmaking ability. Today, he got one assist on a goal by Connor Carriker to add to his total of 3 goals prior to today. He had 2 yesterday for the red team. His 4 points in the scrimmages thus far leads the Capitals Development players. His point totals in the Caps Development Camp are not the reason the Caps should sign this kid right away.
As previously mentioned, Vallorani is noticeably fast. He is quite agile and has a great ability to make quick turns and stop on a dime, all while keeping perfect controll of the puck. His stickhandling skills are not to the level of Stanislav Galiev, but, combined with all his other hockey attributes, he makes a great player. His ability to find open ice for himself in the offensive zone and elude defensive pressure and open up alleyways for his teammates is vastly better than any other players ability to do so at the Capitals Development Camp. He is not a big kid, acutally, he is relatively small compared to most of the other guys at the camp but he is not intimidated by anyone and plays fearlessly.
After signing Filip Forsberg earlier today. The Capitals should start working on making an offer to David Villorani who in my opinion plays like Martin St. Louis!
Other guys who impressed me at the Capitals Development Camp thus far are goaltenders Scott Darling and Sergei Kostenko, forwards Tom Wilson, Andreas Martinsen, Travis Boyd and Barry Almeida as well as defensemen Cameron Schilling and Jaynen Rissling. The players that I was not impressed with that have grown on me are forwards Filip Forsberg and defenseman Max Iafrate. All of these guys are worth giving a contract too. Other guys are worthy as well but these are my favorites from what I have seen thus far!
Thanks for all your continued support on the Caps Across The Pond twitter account and my twitter account (@capsfanatic_wvu). I truely do enjoy interacting with every single one of you!
I will be tweeting live again from the final scrimmage tomorrow morning at 10am EST from the blog twitter account and I hope that when the Caps Development Camp concludes I can keep interacting with you guys on my personal account throughout the offseason and next season and so forth as I am very active on twitter when the season starts!
See you again tomorrow!!!!!