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Two Capitals' prospects took part in their respective World Junior Championship national team evaluation camps this week. Here's a bit of a look back at how they did.
Patrick Wey (Defenseman)
- The Caps' 2009 4th round draft pick was one of four defending national champion Boston College Eagles reporting to Lake Placid and Team USA. [BC Interruption]
- Team USA published a nice comprehensive guide to their Nat'l Junior Evaluation Camp (NJEC), with stats, photos, blogs and more. Prepare to spend a little time. [USA Hockey]
- The US squad played two games each against Finland and Sweden. Patrick suited up for both games against Tre Kronor and was a healthy scratch in both games vs. Suomi.
- His camp highlight came in the third period of the second game against Sweden, when he set up teammate Zach Budish for a nice deflection behind the Tre Kronor målvakt. Sadly, it was not sufficient to salvage the game, and the US went down to the Swedes 4 - 1 [NHL.com, Press-Republican, NAHL]
- Here's video of the goal; you'll need to look quick. [TSN.ca]
- He did find some time to do a little defending, and made it look good. Sorry, Sverige! Or not. [Press-Republican]
- But overall, it seems that Patrick had a fairly pedestrian Camp. The December camp invites go out in October or November; we'll know more then about the opinions of the USA Hockey brass. [Tweet]
Cody Eakin (Forward)
- The Caps' 2009 3rd round pick reported to St. Johns, Newfoundland and the Hockey Canada juniors evaluation camp with little fanfare. He won't be leaving the same way.
- Cody lit up the final Red-White intrasquad game with 2 goals, one assist, and a whole lotta attitude in a 5-2 victory for Team White. [TSN.ca]
- Some excerpts are in order:
A move from centre to left wing on the hottest line in camp paid off for Cody Eakin.
Eakin, who played centre as the Whites beat the Reds 6-3 in the first intra-squad game on Friday night, moved onto the wing with centre Sean Couturier and Louis Leblanc and combined twice with Leblanc on goals and got another goal unassisted.
Both Eakin and Leblanc were late cuts from last year's team for the world junior championship, but they have taken a leg up in trying to make the Canadan side for the 2011 tournament in Buffalo, N.Y.
"Me and Louis were talking about it on the bench," said Eakin. "We both said it was a pretty bad feeling and we're not going to let it happen again this year. The game was really fast. We turned it on in the second period and didn't look back from there."
Leblanc was impressed.
"He had a great game," said Leblanc. "Once again, we clicked."
"Right now in our evaluation of the team our strength is through the middle, to the point that there are some really good centremen who will probably get a shot at playing the wing," said [Head Coach Dave] Cameron. "We wanted to see Cody. We're going to need versatility. Guys will have to move around. He's one of the guys we think is capable of doing that. He demonstrated that. He was a very good player in both games at both positions."
- "I was a little ticked off." - Cody explains why he went on a scoring rampage. With bonus footage of Coach Cameron rocking the T-Slo glasses. [TSN video]
- Game highlights. Cody's second goal - unassisted, backhand, top-shelf, in traffic - was just a little bit redonkulus. [TSN video]
- His first goal was a little bit pretty as well. [Hockey Canada photo gallery]
- Tyler Seguin who? [Hockey Canada photo gallery]
- And finally, CapsNation should be of good cheer. It is not often one of our prospects inspires a Tweet as amazing as the one following the jump: