Earlier this summer, Capitals fans had their first look at 2019 first-round draft pick Connor McMichael during the team’s annual Development Camp, where he fine-tuned his potential under the tutelage of the organization’s coaches. Currently, the prized prospect is in Plymouth, Michigan as part of the World Junior Summer Showcase, and is already making an impression.
The World Junior Summer Showcase is an evaluation camp of sorts for Under-20 players from the United States, Canada, Finland, and Sweden to showcase their ability to land a spot for a spot on their respective country’s World Junior Championship roster at the end of the year. McMichael is playing with Team Canada under his Head Coach with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights, Capitals great and former Head Coach Dale Hunter.
McMichael, who potted 36 goals and 72 points this past season, is off to a great start, as he netted a power play goal late in the second period of Team Canada’s game against Team Finland (their second game of the showcase following a 4-1 win against the United States on Tuesday), a game they would go on to lose 8-3, with McMichael’s goal being Canada’s last tally.
The goal is McMichael’s first goal and point of the showcase. The 18-year old was selected 25th overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft this past June, and will return to the OHL and London next season for a final year in juniors, before making the jump to the pros after signing his entry-level contract earlier this month.
— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) July 31, 2019
Team Canada is back in action on Friday afternoon at 1:00 P.M. EST/10:00 A.M. PT in a game that can be seen on the NHL Network.
By Michael Fleetwood