Caps Development Camp Recap: Day 2

Posted on July 09, 2014 by Steven Sullivan

            Day 2 has concluded at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Barry Trotz is continuing to build upon the fundamentals. Monday’s drills focused on skating. Yesterday the drills expanded into passing and shooting.

            The goalies partook in drills. The goalies, unlike the players, have the benefit of almost one on one teaching. “It’s almost more coaches than there are goaltenders. I think it’s great for the kids, a little bit more one-on-one time,” Olie Kolzig said.

            Kolzig, after this past season decided to scale back his role on the team, due to wanting to spend time with his family. Last season he was the Washington Capitals goaltender coach.  Kolzig’s role this year is still unclear, “Now we are in the process of trying to figure out what position I am going to hold here with the team… We are go to address that this week,” Kolzig said.

            Kolzig worked with Phoenix Copley yesterday. “It’s a lot of work, working with Olie, Scott and Mitch. They’re full of knowledge, so just trying to soak up as much as I can. And it’s a learning experience I wanna learn as much as possible,” Copley said. The Capitals signed Copley to a two-year entry-level contract back on March 19th.

            Players are noticing a difference in camp compared to last year’s. “A little more teaching this year, especially on the ice, a lot more development and less scrimmages. It’s been great I have learned a lot,” Patrick Koudys said. The Capitals in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL draft drafted Koudys. 

            Michal Cajkovsky, also noticed a difference as well. ““It’s different, I know what I’m suppose to do this year and how it goes already,” Cajkovsky said. Cajkovsky is currently under contract with the Hershey Bears.

            Trotz has worked hard at setting the tone for the camp: “Earned, never given” but his effect goes deeper. “Absolutely, he’s always there.  He’s saying a little something before or after anything we do. Seems like a great coach and an unbelievable guy,” Koudys said.

            Chandler Stephenson has returned for another development camp with the Capitals. This past season he set a career high in points (89) with Regina. Over the summer he hopes to make the Hershey Bears roster, “This summer that’s been my goal to make Hershey,” Stephenson said.

            With Hershey in the back of Stephenson’s mind, he strives to become a complete player. “This year something the coaching staff took pride in the defensive part of the game,” Stephenson said.  The second day at camp Stephenson echoes the change other players have noticed, “Just being here with the coaches’ different things I haven’t seen before,” Stephenson said.

            The camp has one more day of drills, followed by two days of scrimmages. The camp will conclude Saturday with fan fest.




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