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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Predicting World Cup rosters, looking ahead to this weekend's rookie tournament and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Measuring success this season, Nate Schmidt vs. Dmitry Orlov and more in this week's Japers' Rink Mailbag. Just a few weeks left, so get those questions in! [Rink]
  • Projections and predictions abound for next year's World Cup rosters. [NHL.com (CanadaUSSweden), WaPoCSNMA]
  • Some surprises - and some not so much - in this breakdown of what makes for an effective NHL defenseman. [TSN]
  • Prospect updates:
    • A look at the whole prospect pack. [Frozen Futures]
    • 2015 draftee Jonas Siegenthaler is on his way to his first NHL training camp. [LeMatin.chSRF]
    • First, though, he and the rest of the Caps' prospects are on their way to Florida, where the rookie tournament kicks off tomorrow. [Caps OTSI.com]
  • Lots of exciting stuff coming to Caps Radio 24/7 in the upcoming season. [Capitals Voice]
  • Brooks Orpik is among those back at Kettler and took the time for a nice long chat with Mike Vogel about his recovery from surgery, his new teammates and much more. [Monumental video]
  • The experts have spoken: Brian MacLellan pulled off one of the best signings of the offseason. [ESPN ($)]
  • Tom Wilson is in the best shape of his life. September! [CSNMA]
  • Five keys to the Caps' success in 2015-16. [Stars and Sticks]
  • Verizon Center just got a pretty new display celebrating the 2015 Winter Classic. [Talk the Red]
  • Get the lowdown on all of the rule changes headed our way in 2015-16. [THW]
  • Watch Michael Latta shoot pucks at tiny nets for charity... and have more success (relatively speaking) than he did with the full-sized ones last season. [Sauce Hockey]
  • Happy 65th birthday to Gord Brooks, happy 49th to Craig Billington, and happy 53rd to Tony Camazzola.
  • And finally, we raise a glass in memory of former Cap Garnet "Ace" Bailey and the thousands of others we lost 14 years ago.