Capitals: Traverse City Tournament update

By Seth Keggins

The Capitals prospects squad currently participating
in the Centre Ice Tournament in Traverse City, MI
remains undefeated dating back to last season’s
championship team. The Caps are 1-0-2 thus far this year with ties against talented
teams such as Detroit and Minnesota. The Wild are
carrying six defensemen with professional experience
including three of which were on the AHL champion
Houston Aeros.

Caps winger Owen Fussey currently leads the team in
scoring with two goals and one assist. Team captain
Steve Eminger also carries three points, with one
goal and two assists. Some nice surprises thus far in the tournament include Alexander Semin, Eric Fehr, and Jevon Desautels all of which have scored at least
one goal for the Caps. Alexander Semin in particular
is still adjusting to the physical North American
style and as a result has been pushed around quite a
bit as well as taken unnecessary penalties (he leads
the team with six PIM). Though that has not stopped his
play around the net, as he one of the team leaders in
shots on goal with 13 (Fehr has 17).

A number of tryout players including Tyler Dyck,
Danny Syvret, and Sean Starke also have found their
way to the score sheet. Tyler Dyck played with
Brandon last season on the same squad as Eric Fehr,
having scored 19 goals and 43 assists in 2002-03.
Danny Syvret is a defenseman with a gun, having
several opportunities to slam the puck home from the
blueline. Danny Syvret played with the OHL London
Knights last season and is eligible to be signed by
the Capitals (or Portland) as he went through the
2003 Entry Draft unclaimed. Sean Starke earned second
team honors for the second straight year for Bowdoin
in the NCAA NESCAC after scoring 15 goals and 15
assists this year, including nine powerplay goals. He
graduated and is now looking for a professional team. He could always fall back on his running back skills as well.

The next and final game for Washington is on Tuesday,
at 3:00 pm versus Atlanta. This is a must win game if
Washington plans on repeating as champions in 2003.

Current Standings:

St. Louis 21104440472
Tampa Bay 20202642440