ODENTON, Md. (AP) -- Alexander Ovechkin, the top pick in the 2004 draft, won't travel with the Washington Capitals for their first two exhibition games, instead making his pre-season NHL debut at home next week. Ovechkin's place on the team is secure, and coach Glen Hanlon said Thursday he wants to use games at Carolina on Friday and at Buffalo on Saturday to get extended looks at players fighting for roster spots. "We have some tough decisions to make," Hanlon said. The plan is for Ovechkin to play Wednesday, when the Capitals host the Sabres. Washington, meanwhile, sent two players back to junior hockey Thursday: defenceman Clayton Barthel and goalie Daren Machesney.