D-Camp Day 5: Syner House Rules

DC Sports Nexus ---- Friday, July 13, 2012

We will be live at Kettler each day at some point for Development Camp.  So follow us on Twitter @Dru90 @Camcoco10 and @TheDugsSports for live-tweets and check back all week for coverage.

T.J. Syner has been here before.  In 2011, following his junior season at Umass-Amherst, Syner participated in Washington Capitals Development Camp.   He turned some heads in camp but the Caps chose not to sign him.  Syner went back to play his senior season where he led his team in assists and points.

When the college season came to a close Syner signed a contract with the Hershey Bears for the following season (2012-13) and was given an opportunity to make the team as a late season addition in 2012.

Syner appeared in 10 regular season games for the Bears scoring only 1 point and didn't play with the team in the playoffs.

In 2012 Syner finds himself back in Caps D-Camp with 3 of his counterparts from Hershey; Almeida, Civitarese, & Schilling.   This time he doesn't have as much pressure to prove himself, but he is showing why the Bears gave him a shot last year.

During the week of camp, T.J. Syner was a part of the two best odd-man rushes.  On Thursday he wowed the crowd with a 2 on 1 breakaway pass to David Vallorani who put the puck in the empty net.  The move froze the goalie in his tracks and allowed Vallorani to tip it in.  

During Friday morning's scrimmage, Syner was on the receiving end of a 2 on 1 break.  He scored the goal on a great assist by Riley Barber.

All week long Syner has showcased his speed, and despite his small stature at 5'8", he has been one of the top offensive players in camp (along with fellow shorty David Vallorani).  Syner should have an opportunity at Hershey this upcoming season to show the big boys at the Washington Capitals if he can take the next step in his hockey career.

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