Aussie hockey player and NHL hopeful Nathan Walker will play his first preseason game today.Aussie NHL prospect Nathan Walker will play his first NHL game tonight for the Washington Capitals. The Capitals take on the Winnipeg Jets in their first preseason matchup of the year. It may only be an exhibition game, but for young prospects such as Walker it's vitally important. With the puck dropping at 9 a.m. Australian Eastern time this will be Walker's first big chance to show the Capitals and their fans what he can do after joining them on trail this preseason. This will be the first time an Australian has ever played an NHL game, exhibition or not. The Capitals had reportedly targeted Walker after he went undrafted in the 2012 NHL draft, inviting him to the developmental league. Training camps began on September 12, and will go for 18 days total. The Capitals must trim their roster before Monday, September 30. The NHL regular season begins on Tuesday October 1. Before coming to the States, Walker improved his game in Europe, moving to the Czech Republic to find a greater challenge than that he found in the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). It was only this year that he signed with the Youngstown Phantoms and moved to the US, but he's already turned heads with his play. After playing last season for the Phantoms, Walker had considerable success including seven goals and 20 assists in only 29 games. Unfortunately the season was cut short with a neck injury, and Walker has since worked his way back into health. Now, he's ready to go, and the 19-year-old's best shot at the NHL starts very soon. Best of luck to him. The game can be seen on the NHL Network. But is not available on Australian screens. Update: Walker actually managed an assist in the first preseason game as the Capitals won 4-3. A great result.