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Connor McMichael looks forward to the day when he puts on a red sweater for the Capitals in his NHL debut.
"It’s something special coming to Washington and hopefully be the next player who comes out here as one of the legends.” McMichael said.
But for now, the Capitals' 2019 first-round pick will continue to develop his skills under former Caps head coach Dale Hunter in the Ontario Hockey League for the London Knights. Hunter's brother Mark is also a part of the Knights as the general manager.
“We’re excited that Dale’s gonna have him for another year or two," Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said. "That’s really gonna help his development."
McMichael has been a standout player for the Knights, leading the team in scoring and to a first-place finish in the Western Conference last season. Many NHL prospects do not get the immediate call-up to the big leagues, so having a former Capitals great play a big role in McMichael's development is a big plus.
“He’s very well-coached," Capitals head coach Todd Reirden said. "He’s played in kind of a bigger stage in terms of the number of people who come to watch London play. We like that fact that he’s already dealt with some of that pressure and he’s succeeded."
The 19-year-old from Ajax, Ontario, is patient, knowing further development of his skills is a necessity to succeeding in the NHL.
"Dale’s been huge for my development and so has Mark so I’m thankful to have them," McMichael said.
What attracted the Capitals' top brass to McMichael was his ability to play both ends of the ice, a 200-foot player.
“He’s got a knack for scoring goals around the net," MacLellan said. "He’s got a little extra sense or intelligence, hockey intelligence that a lot of players don’t have.”
For McMichael, patience is key, and a virtue that will pay off for both him and the Capitals in the long-run.
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