Capitals Select Connor McMichael 25th Overall At 2019 NHL Draft

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The Washington Capitals selected center Connor McMichael, a native of Ajax, Ontario, with the 25th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Friday night. McMichael, 18, played with the OHL’s London Knights last season.

He recorded 36 goals, 72 points, and a +15 rating in 67 games last season. During the OHL Playoffs, McMichael tallied two goals, five points, and a -1 rating in 11 games.

NBC Sports Network said during their coverage of the draft that McMichael is a well-rounded top-six center. They described him as a “Swiss Army Knife” but said that his area of improvement was his level as a “high-end player.” They also said that he is likely two to three years away from playing in the NHL. McMichael is known as a versatile player.

 

Dobber Prospects called McMichael “an intelligent, all-around center with some top-six upside” and said that he is well-rounded. Just one skill doesn’t stand out when you watch him play. The site also says that his passing and finish are two of his best attributes.

McMichael was ranked 24th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting and 28th by TSN Insider Bob McKenzie heading into the draft.

The Capitals improved their forward prospect group, which is among the league’s worst at the moment, with the selection of McMichael, who will likely return to the OHL next season. The forward is listed at 5’11” and weighs 174 pounds.

Rounds 2-7 of the NHL Draft will take place on Saturday at 1 PM ET and can be seen on NHL Network. Barring a trade, the Capitals will select 56th overall in Round 2 of the draft on Saturday.

McMichael will likely be at the team’s development camp in Arlington, Virginia next week.

This marked the first time that the Capitals picked a forward in the first round of the draft since they selected winger Jakub Vrana 13th overall in 2014. In two of the three instances that they have had a first-round pick since they selected a defenseman.

PRE-DRAFT RANKINGS:

#21—FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
#23—MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
#24—NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (North American Skaters)
#25—ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
#26—TSN/McKenzie
#29—HOCKEYPROSPECT.COM
#29—ISS HOCKEY

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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14 Responses to Capitals Select Connor McMichael 25th Overall At 2019 NHL Draft

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good profile Harrison!

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  2. Anonymous says:

    i like it. Get a winger or another center with #56 please!

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  4. Anonymous says:

    This feels like a nervous (read safe) pick.

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  5. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Dale Hunter favorite players are going to be good ones

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