2007-08: Cameron Schilling, a native of Carmel, Indiana, skated in 55 games for the USHL’s Indiana Ice. Playing on a talented defense corps with Capitals’ prospect John Carlson and North Dakota recruit Ben Blood, he scored 2 goals with 8 assists and was plus-four. His 91 penalty minutes were second-most among Ice defensemen. The Ice were upset by Chicago in the first round of the playoffsl after finishing first in the East Division. Schilling was an even plus/minus with no points and 2 penalty minutes In the four-game playoff series. He committed to playing college hockey at Miami University in 2008-09.
2008-09: Schilling played in 25 games for Miami University as a freshman. He had 7 assists and was plus-four with 43 penalty minutes. One of the country’s top teams, the Red Hawks finished third in the CCHA and after an upset loss to Northern Michigan in the CCHA tournament rebounded to reach the NCAA Frozen Four championship game; falling 4-3 in overtime to Boston University.
2009-10: Schilling stepped into a full-time role for Miami in his sophomore season; appearing in 42 of 44 games and finishing with the Red Hawks’ fourth-best plus-minus (plus-19). He scored 4 goals, including a game-winner in the first round of the NCAA tournament against Alabama-Huntsville, and had 16 assists with 58 penalty minutes. Miami finished first in the CCHA in the regular season and reached the Frozen Four for the straight season after defeating Michigan in double overtime in the Midwest Regional final.
2010-11: Schilling attended the Wild’s development camp before returning to Miami for his junior season. He played in 38 of 39 games for Miami and scored 3 goals with 14 assists and was plus-19 with 34 penalty minutes. Finishing third in the CCHA, Miami was one of the hottest teams in the country at the end of the year – going 12-1-3 in their final 16 games and winning the CCHA tournament before falling to New Hampshire in the NCAA tournament.
2011-12: Schilling made his pro debut, skating in seven games for Capitals AHL affiliate Hershey after signing an entry-level, two-year contract with Washington in March 2012 following his senior season at Miami University. He was minus-three with no points and 14 minutes for the Bears. Hershey reached the playoffs after finishing third in the East Division. Schilling appeared in four playoff games; scoring 2 goals and finishing plus-one with 4 penalty minutes. In 39 games for Miami he scored 1 goal with 13 assists and was plus-13 with 20 penalty minutes. His 53 blocked shots were fourth-most for the Red Hawks.
2012-13: Schilling made his NHL debut in March and was one of the top defensemen for Washington AHL affiliate Hershey in his first pro season. He made his only NHL appearance with the Capitals in a March 12th game against Carolina; finishing -1 in 12 minutes of ice time in a 4-0 loss. Schilling scored 7 goals with 9 assists in 70 games for Hershey and was +5 with 61 penalty minutes. The Bears finished fourth in the East Division and lost to Atlantic Division champion Providence in a first round playoff series. Schilling had 1 assist and was -3 with 4 penalty minutes in five playoff games.
2013-14: Schilling made his only NHL appearance of the season with the Capitals in a March 6th game at Boston, finishing -2 with no points nor penalties in 17:45 minutes of ice time. He spent the bulk of his second pro season with Washington AHL affiliate Hershey. In 70 games for the Bears he scored 3 goals with 13 assists and was +14 with 89 penalty minutes. Hershey finished fourth in the East Division, two points behind Norfolk for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Schilling was tendered a qualifying offer by the Capitals and singed a one-year contract with Washington as a restricted free agent in September 2014.
Schilling is a meat and potatoes styled, defense-first defenseman with little in the way of offensive upside. He possesses good vision and a decently hard shot. He is responsible first and foremost and will opt to make the safe play rather than the risky one. Schilling won’t draw a lot of attention for his play but more often that not that is a good thing.
Schilling attended training camp with the Capitals as a restricted free agent before signing a one-year deal. Assigned to AHL affiliate Hershey at the start of the 2014-15 season, Schilling appeared in three February games with Washington; spend the rest of his third pro season with the Bears. In his three seasons in the Capitals' organization Schilling has been a solid and calm presence with Hershey and has been a steadying force for the young, offensively-oriented defenders in the Bears' lineup. His demeanor and skill set suggests he can be an effective lower pairing defenseman at the NHL level though with the crowded group of prospects in Washington that opportunity may come elsewhere.