Realistic 2013-14 Expectations for Washington Capitals Rookies

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Realistic 2013-14 Expectations for Washington Capitals Rookies
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The Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets played a pretty eventful preseason game Saturday night in the Kraft Hockeyville game at Yardmen Arena—eventful as far as NHL exhibition games are concerned.

While the real winners of the Caps 4-3 shootout win over the Jets were the extremely enthusiastic fans in Belleville, Ontario, the Caps roster was filled with several rookies looking to make a name with the Caps and to warrant future consideration for true roster spots.

The debut of players like defensemen Connor Carrick and Nate Schmidt and forwards Chandler Stephenson and Nathan Walker was documented in the Capitals Dump 'N Chase blog prior to the game taking place.

For those four players, the exhibition game was the first time they would wear a Caps jersey and, as far as they were concerned, not the last.

Several of them played very well. Jack Hillen got the Caps first goal off of a fat rebound from a shot by Walker.

Schmidt set up another Caps rookie, Stanislav Galiev, for the Caps second goal of the game.

Galiev was also one of the four Caps who participated in the shootout along with Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green. That is pretty good company for a rookie to keep.

On Monday night in Philadelphia, several other Caps rookies got their chance to shine, including the Caps first round pick from the 2013 NHL draft, Andre Burakovsky, who shot third in the Caps 4-3 shootout win over the Flyers.

For many of these promising prospects, the preseason will be their only taste of the NHL this season. Most of them will go back to play in the OHL, ECHL or AHL where they will hone their craft for a while longer.

Some of the Caps rookies though might have a realistic chance of being a part of the roster at some point during this coming season.

Which rookies have a chance to do this? Which rookies are going to have to wait a while?

Here then are some realistic expectations for some of the Caps more promising rookies.



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