Capitals Prospects Working Hard

By Seth Keggins

Capitals prospects continue a busy summer regiment this week as a few are participating in the Canadian National Junior summer development camp in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Before re-joining the rest of the Capital Prospects for a tournament in Traverse City, Michigan (Sept 6-10) prospects Owen Fussey, Steve Eminger, Nathan Paetsch, and Boyd Gordon have been on the ice again displaying their skills for the Team Canada coaching staff.

On team Red, Owen Fussey has been out pacing many top NHL prospects in the scoring department. Teammates Rick Nash, Derrick Roy, and Brandon Segal have been trailing Owen during the first week of camp. He has 3 goals and one assist through Thursday and looks to continue leading the way through next week’s games. His rating is a +0 and is likely an indication that he and his line mates have not been as steady on the defensive side, however it is only camp. Fussey’s shooting percentage is outstanding to say the least, scoring his 3 goals on only 6 shots at the net minders.

Team White includes the remaining three Caps prospects Steve Eminger, Nathan Paetsch, and Boyd Gordon. Fellow NHL prospects Jason Spezza and Chris St. Jacques lead their team in scoring with three points a piece. However Boyd Gordon, the Caps third selection in the 1st round draft this past summer, is not far behind with 2 assists. Defenseman Steve Eminger has also been on the scoring sheet, but more importantly both he and Nathan Paetsch have accumulated modest ratings (Eminger –1, Paetsch +0). Eminger has one assist.

After the developmental camp, Caps prospects will begin to focus in preparation for their Prospect Tournament early next month. Prospects from Atlanta, Minnesota, Detroit, St. Louis, and Minnesota will be competing against the Capitals own prospects beginning on September 6th.

An un-official roster has been listed on Red Wings Central (a website for Detroit prospect analysis.) Rules for this tournament state that players must have no prior professional experience and may disqualify a few players from participating in the tournament.