Nate Schmidt has never taken part in a professional training camp having just signed with the Capitals last spring as a free agent out of the University of Minnesota. But he has an idea of what to expect thanks to summer workouts at his alma mater where he skated alongside some NHLers and even quizzed former Capital Matt Hendricks about how a younger player should approach camp.

“You kind of get a feeling of what it’s like to play with those high-end players” Schmidt said. “But when you get out there with world-class guys like Backstrom Green Ovechkin [you] just try to go out there and not screw up as much as possible. You’ve just got to stick to your game. If you get too star struck you’ve kind of got to leave being a fan at the door and be a player once you step on the ice.”

Schmidt 22 wants to leave a lasting impression in training camp and any preseason games he might suit up for but knows he’s likely Hershey bound for the start of the year. Given the Capitals’ track record of successfully grooming defensemen in the AHL like John Carlson and Karl Alzner though he knows it’s not a bad place to start.