photos from caps development camp

(photo by Brian Murphy)

The Washington Capitals hosted more than 40 rookies and undrafted free agents during the 2012 Prospect Development Camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex from July 9-14.

The week-long event, which was free and open to the public, gave the team’s coaches and front office a first-hand look at players hoping to one day fulfill their dream of playing in the NHL.

In addition to seeing highly-touted players such as first round draft picks Filip Forsberg and Tom Wilson for the first time, it also provided an opportunity for less-heralded players such as T.J. Syner and Gregory Miller to make an impact as well.

In fact, both of those players scored during the final scrimmage of development camp — with Miller’s tally coming in the final minute of play and Syner netting the overtime winner for the Red Team in a 4-3 victory over the White Team.

While none of these players will likely make the Capitals this season, the camp still featured a standing-room only crowd throughout the week. Even if this is the leanest time of the year for the world of sports, that’s a testament to the local fanbase.

For those interested, here is a link to my favorite photos I was able to capture during the final day of this event.

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