Capitals Trim Training Camp Roster to 44

Today the Washington Capitals announced that they have trimmed their training camp roster down to 44 after making the following moves.


Loaned to Juniors

#24 – Connor McMichael (F) (London; OHL)

#59 – Aliaksei Protas (F) (Prince Albert; WHL)

#58 – Eric Florchuk (F) (Saskatoon; WHL)

#53 – Alex Kannok-Leipert (D) (Vancouver: WHL)


Returned to Europe

#94 – Damian Riat (F) (Biel; Swiss NLA)


Sent to Hershey

#71 – Kody Clark (F) (Injury Rehabilitation – Upper Body)

#67 – Riley Sutter (F) (Injury Rehabilitation – Upper Body)

#82 – Casey Bailey (F)

#80 – Erik Burgdoerfer (D)

#56 – Tommy Hughes (D)

#89 – Kale Kessy (F)

#73 – Chris McCarthy (F)

#25 – Matt Moulson (F)

#35 – Logan Thompson (G)

#86 – Matthew Weis (F)

#85 – Steven Whitney (F)


Released from ATO

#60 – Beck Warm (G)

#31 – Hayden Hawkey (G)


In total the Capitals cut three goaltenders, three defensemen, and 12 forwards. The most surprising roster cut is that of forward Connor McMichael who was the Capitals first overall pick in this past summer’s NHL Draft. From what we saw in the first two preseason games he looked solid, and played well with who is was put with. McMichael may not have made the opening night roster, but an extended look was more or less expected for him. The Capitals obviously saw enough and told him what he needed to work on under Dale Hunter in London this season.



The Capitals are now carrying 24 forwards, 16 defensemen, and 4 goaltenders. The Capitals have also gone from three groups to two with the Blue group consisting of what the NHL roster will look like with the possible exception of Vitek Vanecek as Braden Holtby’s backup, as Pheonix Copley will be looked to fill that role once again this season.


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