Hold on to your hats… It’s a rain delay at Nats Park.
#CapsDevCamp invitee Jimmy Schuldt is especially disappointed with the delay.
The Minnetonka, Minnesota native is a huge MLB fan. He played baseball and hockey throughout high school before choosing hockey full time at age 16. He currently plays for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL.
The 6-foot, 205-pound defenseman notched 25 points (6g, 19a) and 99 penalty minutes in 57 regular season games.
He eventually settled on hockey because it was a better fit for his athletic style, but in the meantime he is ready for the Nats to “play ball”
Andre Burakovsky is an Austrian born 6’1”, 178-pound left wing from Sweden. He was selected in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2013 NHL draft by the Washington Capitals. He spent the 2013-14 season with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League where he notched 87 points (41g, 46a) in 57 games with the Otters, including 15 power-play goals and 10 game-winning goals.
What was the hardest part about leaving Sweden last year to play in the OHL?
Of course it was hard to leave family and friends, and just move (to North America). It was a huge step because they are so far away from each other, so, that was really hard. And lifestyle, like how you play hockey over here, is a huge difference and that was a huge difference for me.
What is the first thing you do when you go home to Sweden?
I spend some time with my family and friends and just hang out with my friends.
What is your favorite food?
What is a favorite memory you have with your dad (former Ottawa Senator, Robert Burakovsky)?
I don’t know that I have a favorite memory, I just know that my dad has always been there for me and he has always supported me and always helped me because he got a lot of experience from hockey so he can help me a lot and that’s what he has been doing.
Is he the one that taught you how to skate?
When I was younger, he was more helping me and told me what to do and all that. Now, he is just telling me if I played good and what I can do better when I play a game. When I was a kid it was more like, “you have to do it like that and that,” and all that stuff. He was hard on me when I was a kid because he knew what it takes to be an NHLer.
What is your greatest hockey memory?
It was when I got drafted last year and when I was playing in the Verizon Center for preseason last year. That’s probably one of the biggest memories that I have. World Juniors were pretty cool too.
At most of the practices this week, you’re usually one of the last players off the ice, why is that?
I just love to be out there and I love to play and I’m trying to get better every day. I’m trying to focus on small stuff like shooting, and skating around with the puck and making some moves. I’m just trying to focus when I’m not really practicing with the team I’m just trying to do myself better every day to do small stuff.
— Deborah Francisco, @NHLgirl
CSN’s Brian Mitchell sits down with young Capitals Andre Burakovsky and Nathan Walker as Capitals Development Camp opens.
#CapsDevCamp Profile: Shane Gersich
Shane Gersich was drafted by the Capitals in the 5th round (134th overall) at the 2014 NHL Draft. The Chaska, Minnesota native plays left wing and recorded 16 points (8g, 8a) and four penalty minutes in 26 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team of the USHL in 2013-14. Shane is committed to play at the University of North Dakota in 2015-16.
What was the highlight of the 2014 Draft?
Hearing your name called is the most exciting part. You wait there for a little bit but it’s definitely worth it, especially sharing it with my parents. I had my mom and my dad out too so it was great.
Where you surprised to be selected by the Caps?
I talked with them at the combine but you never know who is going to call your name. To hear it by the Caps, it was definitely an honor.
Who is your hero?
I like watching Zach Parise play. Ever since he came to Minnesota I watched him a lot more, and he also went to University of North Dakota too, that’s kind of a coincidence, but it’s cool.
What is the best advice you’ve received?
Enjoy going to the rink everyday. Work hard. Your work ethic can take you a long ways but just enjoy hockey. It’s a fun sport and work hard every day.
Who was your most influential coach?
My old high school coach, Noel Rahn, he coached me AAA growing up and then he went to a high school, and I went to the high school that he coached at, so for sure him. He’s helped me all along the way.
What’s your favorite off-ice activity?
I like to stay pretty active — golf is my favorite thing to do off the ice.
What is the best golf score you’ve earned?
I shoot in the 70s quite a bit.
Why did you choose the University of North Dakota?
I have a lot of family blood lines with Minnesota but it was pretty much up to me, just going there and touring it, it’s obviously second-to-none facilities and the coaches are so professional. To make it to the next level you have to keep learning and their coaches are second-to-none at teaching that.
— Deborah Francisco
#Caps third-round draft pick Nathan Walker made the journey from Australia to Washington and is at Kettler Capitals Iceplex to practice and for #CapsDevCamp. Hear from Walker about his journey to becoming the first Australian to ever be drafted into the NHL right now on the Monumental Network: http://www.monumentalnetwork.com/videos/rinkside-update-nathan-walker-7-2-14
NEWS: The #Caps have signed Matt Niskanen to a seven-year contract: http://capitalstoday.monumentalnetwork.com/2014/07/01/capitals-sign-matt-niskanen
NEWS: #Caps re-sign center Michael Latta. http://capitalstoday.monumentalnetwork.com/2014/07/01/capitals-re-sign-michael-latta
NEWS: #Caps sign two-time Olympic defenseman Brooks Orpik to a five-year contract. http://capitalstoday.monumentalnetwork.com/2014/07/01/capitals-sign-brooks-orpik
More from Mike Vogel: http://dumpnchase.monumentalnetwork.com/2014/07/01/caps-ink-orpik
READ: #Caps sign Justin Peters to a two-year deal. Read more from the official press release: http://capitalstoday.monumentalnetwork.com/2014/07/01/capitals-sign-justin-peters
More here from Mike Vogel: http://dumpnchase.monumentalnetwork.com/2014/07/01/caps-sign-peters
The Caps selected RW Kevin Elgestal with the 194th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft