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The Capitals will open their annual rookie camp a day earlier than anticipated on Wednesday and most of the focus during the six-day camp at Kettler will center on 19-year-old prospect Tom Wilson.

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DETROIT RED WINGS

2012-13: 24-16-8, 56 points

Where they finished: 3rd in the Central; 7th in the West; 13th in the NHL

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Karl Alzner recognizes he doesn’t skate like Mike Green or Kris Letang, doesn’t hit like Shea Weber or Jay Bouwmeester, and doesn’t have a booming shot like P.K. Subban or Dan Boyle.

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COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

2012-13: 24-17-7, 55 points

Where they finished: 4th in the Central; 9th in the West; 17th in the NHL

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A week from now the Caps’ rookies will be busting their tails trying to land a spot on the club’s opening night roster on Oct. 1.

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